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Apologies for the Delay in Response

Nikki Lam & Yasbelle Kerkow

Presented in Season 1 2022

Live Online Talk and Interactive Q&A
Presented by Arts House as part of Makeshift Publics Critical Response Series

Thu 28 Apr, 2022

75 mins

FREE, Live Digital Event hosted on this webpage.

Closed Captioning

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

Nikki Lam is an artist, curator and producer based in Narrm. Working primarily with moving images, her work explores hybridity and memory through the contemplation on time, space and impermanence. Born in Hong Kong, her current research focuses on the artistic agency during cultural, social and political transitions, particularly within screen cultures. With an expanded practice in writing and festival making, Nikki is currently co-director of Hyphenated Projects and Hyphenated Biennial, as well as curator-at-large of The Substation. She has been the Artistic Director of Channels Festival, alongside many hybrid roles in the arts. Nikki is currently undertaking a PhD (Art) at RMIT University.

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

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