​Amos Gebhardt explores communal care in a new multi-channel video installation created through the inaugural Adelaide Studios Artist Residency.

Image: Amos GEBHARDT, Family portrait, archival inkjet pigment print, from the series Small acts of resistance, 2020. South Australian Film Corporation, SALA Festival and Samstag residency commission.

Friday 16 October – Saturday 28 November 2020.

Amos Gebhardt presents Small acts of resistance, an expansive new multi-channel video installation demonstrating the power of kinship and community.

Across three screens, we witness acts of communal care play out within a variety of Australian contexts. Gebhardt uses impressionistic portraiture, dance and song to tell stories of survival and evolution as a means by which to destabilise oppressive norms and celebrate more expansive notions of being. Animal and plant worlds coalesce, highlighting our similarities when it comes to small acts of resistance.

Gebhardt brings an experienced knowledge of cinematography to the field of video installation. Working between Adelaide and Melbourne, they are particularly attuned to the potential of screen language to invoke sensory experiences that interrupt habituated encounters with the world.

Small acts of resistance was created through the inaugural South Australian Film Corporation, Adelaide Studios and SALA Festival Artist in Residence commission, and is presented as part of the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Small acts of resistance is accompanied by a digital catalogue featuring an essay by Isobel Parker Philip, Senior Curator of Australian Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.


Friday 16 October, 5—6.30pm

Limited numbers. RSVP essential.




Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, acknowledges the Kaurna people as traditional custodians of the land upon which the Museum stands.