Bridging archives and creative practice: four responses

Archives and creative practice

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Join 2017 Mittelheuser scholar in residence Tess Maunder as she discusses the role of the archival in creative and curatorial practice with artists Sam Cranstoun, Lu Forsberg, Ryan Presley and Elysha Rei.

Many Brisbane-based artists are actively using archives in a variety of creative ways — to challenge ideas, to use historical research, and to deepen their knowledge. Learn more about the intersection of archives and library practices in relationship to creative research output in this free panel discussion.

Sam Cranstoun
Sam's multidisciplinary practice combines various forms of research with a wide array of media to create work that investigates different systems of representation. His work regularly focuses on historical figures and events as a way of exploring how history is shaped, how it functions and how we as spectators rely on different visual systems as a way of understanding the past. These investigations address the importance of the role assumed by the artist in creating work, as well as the importance of popular culture, mass media, art, architecture and design in forming a collective understanding of our environment and surroundings.

Lu Forsberg
Lu is an emerging experimental artist working primarily with new media, assemblage and installation to examine the nexus between environmental, social and economic systems. Forsberg's research focuses on the area of ecological economics, the relationship between land and capital. Their practice interrogates dominant perspectives of the Australian landscape and politics while critiquing blindspots and dead ends in the Australian art historical canon. Most recently, their art practice has focused on the complexities of the mining industry, rehabilitation/ reclamation of mine sites, and location/site accessibility. Their artistic practice communicates the relentless and damaging nature of colonisation while displaying symbols of interconnectedness, complicity and Transparency.

Forsberg graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual arts)(Honours) from the Queensland University ofTechnology (QUT) in 2016 and has been working as co-director of Cut Thumb ARI with artist Callum McGrath since 2015. Forsberg is an occasional curator and an emerging writer who has contributed reviews for Un projects and Art + Australia online.

Ryan Presley
Presley was born in 1987 in Alice Springs. His father’s family is Marri Ngarr and originate from the Moyle River region in the Northern Territory. His mother’s family are Scandinavian immigrants. He currently lives and works in Brisbane. His art practice is a reflection of his locale, which he audits and critiques. In doing so, Presley mounts a larger inquiry that interrogates the articulations of power. Presley’s work has been acquired by the University of Queensland’s Museum of Art, Murdoch University’s art collection, Griffith Artworks and the Museum of Brisbane. In 2015 his essay ‘Debt’ was published as part of the Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University’ book available through University of Queensland Press.

Presley’s artwork has been included in Trade Markings Van Abbemuseum (2018); the 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Darwin; Frontier Imaginaries, IMA, Brisbane; TarraWarra Biennial: Endless Circulation (all 2016). He has recently completed a PhD (2016) at the Queensland College of Art and is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Griffith University.

Elysha Rei
Elysha is a Japanese-Australian visual artist whose work draws upon her mixed heritage and lived experiences between places, cultures and communities. Her works are created from personal and historical archives which embed narrative and symbolism within a Japanese design aesthetic. Works include portraits, patterns and paper cutting which have been translated into large-scale murals and public art commissions.

Image courtesy of Sam Cranstoun.

Thu 20 Sep 2018, 6:00 pm - 07:30 pm
SLQ Auditorium 2, level 2
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