Apologies for the Delay in Response
Nikki Lam & Yasbelle Kerkow
Live Online Talk and Interactive Q&A
Presented by Arts House as part of Makeshift Publics Critical Response Series
Thu 28 Apr, 2022
FREE, Live Digital Event hosted on this webpage.
Two artists converse about the murky reality that lies behind the romantic notion of the art collective.
Many in the art world see now as a pivotal moment for collectives, but the dynamics within collectives themselves can be as unbalanced and inequitable as the larger ecosystem of art.
In this interactive conversation, two practitioners with a personal history of working in collectives (Hyphenated Projects and New Wayfinders) will share what lies behind the romantic notion of collectives, and consider the nuances between different models. They hope to explore with the audience themes of visibility, language, access, friendship and the pitfalls of collectives within colonial and capitalist structures.
While this conversation plays out, audiences will be free to comment and question anonymously via a collaborative text document.
Before you join the conversation, you’ll be gently asked to remove your rose-tinted glasses, in a search for hope – if not quite solutions – in a type of collectivity not branded for consumption.
About the Artists
Yasbelle Kerkow is an Australian-born, Fijian artist. Her work focuses on promoting Pacific communities and their stories in Australia. She is a community arts facilitator and leader of the Kulin Nations (Melbourne) based art collective New Wayfinders. Yasbelle has recently exhibited at IMA Brisbane in the 2020 Churchie Emerging Art Prize, and is a participant in 2021’s Makeshift Publics at Arts House. In 2019 she participated in Next Wave’s Kickstart Program, and in 2018 Footscray Community Art Centre’s Emerging Cultural Leaders program.
Image credit: Michael Rosshothen
Image description: Image shows a computer drawing of the Titanic ship heading towards an iceberg in the night with a bright moon top right