Part of the Perth Festival and presented in association with PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts), The Gathering exhibition will be held from Tue 9 Feb to Sun 18 April 2021 at PICA, 51 James St, Northbridge which is located in the Perth Cultural Centre. Gallery opening hours are Tue-Sun 10am-5pm.
A gathering can refer to a meeting of people, words, objects, images, identities, politics, histories, dreams and more. First Peoples and People of Colour have found themselves navigating a global health crisis, systemic racism and the continued oppression of communities based on race and colour, simultaneously, under a historic moment of global awareness. Gatherings have helped make collective voices heard and be highly visible, showing resilience and resistance. Gatherings also come with unprecedented risks to communities, yet it's where identities are formed, decisions are made about our futures and our place in the world determined. Recent times remind us how gathering and connecting is so necessary for our health and wellbeing while asking us to rethink how we gather.
Curated by Glenn Iseger-Pilkington (Nhanda/Noongar Peoples) and bringing together the voices of First Nations artists from Australia, Māori artists from Aotearoa New Zealand, and Australian South Sea Islander artists, this exhibition invites you to reconsider histories, our new realities and our shared humanity, at a time when the world is united in so many ways, but increasingly divided by others. Showcasing existing and newly commissioned sculpture, video, photography, painting and installation, throughout the exhibition, there'll be opportunities to hear from special guests and to participate in challenging but necessary conversations, and to learn more about the histories and cultures which inform the artists' work.