MADA Talks: Contemporary Art and Gender Inequality

MADA Talks: Contemporary Art and Gender Inequality

  • 13 April 2017, 1–2pm
  • Caulfield Campus
    Building G, Room 1.04

  • Free entry, all welcome
Emily Floyd, Permaculture crossed with Feminist Science Fiction, 2008. wood, vinyl, polyeurathane, dimensions variable. Courtesy of The Artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney and Melbourne. Collection Queensland Art Gallery | GOMA

Join us for a panel discussion on contemporary art and gender inequality. Panel members Charlotte Day, Emily Floyd, Frances Barrett, Hannah Mathews and Yhonnie Scarce will focus on the lived experience of women practitioners. As the balance of power moves towards the so called Feminine Multitude, what are the remaining barriers to opportunity? What is the effect of gender inequality on cultural production? What are the challenges and possibilities going forward?

Panel Members Biographies:

Charlotte Day is the Director of the Monash University Museum of Art. Previously she worked as an independent curator and was Associate Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) where she worked on large-scale commissions by local and international artists. Her recent curatorial projects include NEW13, ACCA, 2013; Sculptural Matter, ACCA, 2012; Marco Fusinato, Artspace, Sydney and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2012. Charlotte has worked across a range of public and private contexts, from advising on temporary and permanent urban-sited works to the acquisition of works for public and private collections.

Emily Floyd works in sculpture, print-making and public installation. Her work takes shape at the intersections where sculpture meets public space and design collides with social crisis. It embraces elements of expanded sculpture and a range of print media and typographic artefacts, including the poster and the manifesto. Floyd renegotiates the possibility of public address, critically engaging an increasingly diverse and unpredictable viewership in debate. Her work gestures towards new forms of sociality for which the artwork can serve both as provocation and as venue.

Frances Barrett is an artist and curator whose practice spans live, collaborative and experimental projects. Her practice is informed by queer and feminist methodologies and the histories of performance art practice. Frances’ solo work has been presented by Liquid Architecture, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Success, Fontanelle and Firstdraft. Across 2014-2015 she hosted and produced Canvas, FBI Radio’s weekly arts program. Frances is a Co-Director of the collective, Barbara Cleveland, with Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley & Diana Baker Smith and Artist Producer, Bev Shroot. Most recently Barbara Cleveland presented two new work commissions with the 20th Biennale of Sydney and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Between 2014-2017 she was the Curator of Contemporary Performance at Campbelltown Arts Centre, a multidisciplinary arts organisation located on Tharawal land in South West Sydney.

Hannah Mathews is the Senior Curator at Monash University Museum of Art. She is an experienced curator who has worked with contemporary art organisations such as the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (ACCA), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the Sydney Biennale, as well as working prolifically as an independent project initiator and director. She has an impressive track record of ambitious projects, including Framed Movements, ACCA (2014), Action/Response, Dance Massive Festival (2013), Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art, ACCA (2011).

Yhonnie Scarce’s practice references her personal and cultural heritage to highlight the legacy of colonisation on Indigenous Australians. Her work explores the far-reaching impacts of government policies and historical events that Indigenous communities have witnessed. Bush foods feature frequently as unique anthropomorphic forms representing the body, culture and tradition. Recently, her research has focused on the British nuclear tests carried out in Maralinga, near where Scarce was born during the 1950s and 60s. Scarce has returned to her birthplace to investigate the effects the radiation has had on the local indigenous population and landscape.