Women, Art & Politics
A collaboration between Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Collaborate Asia Program and Asia TOPA, Women, Art & Politics is an international residency for visiting visual and performing artists from South and Southeast Asia and Australia.
Led by Leticia Caceres and Jade Lillie, the residency explores the theme Women, Art & Politics, in their local and global contexts and how they impacted their practice and communities. Throughout the two-week residency artists have developed new collaborative works through critical conversations and creative exchanges about what it means to be a woman, in art and politics, in the world today. Outcomes will be shared throughout WOW Melbourne.
Artists include Rosie Kilvert (AUS), Lena Caminha (Timor Leste), Sadaf Saaz (Bangladesh), Sanchia Tryphosa Hamidjaja (Indonesia), Fitriani Dwi Kurniasih (Indonesia), Heather Horrocks (AUS) Lisa Greenaway (AUS), Mallika Taneja (India), Ahmarnya Price (AUS) and Bigoa Chuol (AUS)
Women, Art & Politics showcase
WHEN: Friday 24 March, 5:30pm – 7pm
VENUE: WOW Café
Come along and see the culmination of the two-week Women, Art & Politics residency program for South Asian, Southeast Asian and Australian visual and performing artists.
As part of WOW Café, the event will feature the launch of their collaborative paste-up work and outcomes of their creative lab. Expect spoken word poetry, performance and an insight into cross-cultural collaboration.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Born in 1983 in Baucau, Timor Leste, Maria Madalena (Lena Caminha) is a well-known performer and writer. Lena began performing in 2004 with theatre group Bibi Bulak and dance troupe Kuda Talin. Most recently she has collaborated with theatre group TERTIL as both a performer and trainer. Her work has primarily focussed on the areas of politics, education and health. An active feminist, Lena uses her creativity to raise awareness about gender equality and violence against women through theatre, film, workshops and training. In 2012, she represented Timor in the field of art and culture in Brazil. Lena is the national founding member of the women’s theatre group TERTIL aiming to support women in Timor to use the arts to unpack issues facing women in the country. She was invited to take part in a Women’s Empowerment program in Brisbane, Australia in 2015. Lena is the mother of three children.
Sadaf Saaz is a poet, writer, entrepreneur and women’s rights advocate. She grew up in the UK , and she now lives in Dhaka, where she is involved in a range of initiatives as a cultural activist and curator. She is a festival director and the producer of the annual Dhaka Literary Festival (previously Hay Festival Dhaka), which she co-founded in 2011. She is Managing Director of Jatrik, an Arts Management and Boutique Travel company. She also runs an Ethical fashion manufacturing and exporting business, Eske Clothing Limited. She is a trustee of Shadhona, a non-profit centre for the promotion of South Asian culture and arts, A trustee of Brac University, and is Chairman of SAFE (Safety Assistance for Emergencies), a non-profit trust.
She is the author of a collection of poems Sari Reams , and her monologues based on women’s stories Je Kotha Jai Na Bola (That which cannot be said), has been performed in various locations in Bangladesh. Her work has also appeared in various anthologies and international literary journals including Wasafiri, Weber and Bengal Lights.
Sanchia Tryphosa Hamidjaja is a visual artist/ illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. She received her Bachelor Degree of Communication Design from Swinburne National Institute of Technology, Melbourne in 2004 and started her short career in advertising as a graphic designer and then later as an art director/illustrator in a motion graphics studio, doing commissioned mural works on the side. After seven years in the advertising industry, Sanchia decided to focus as a visual artist/freelance illustrator. Her work reflects a range of visual creative fields such as comics and cartoons. In 2011 Sanchia had her first solo exhibition The Yin & Yang Dogs at Inkubator Gallery. Since then her works have been exhibited in a number of art galleries throughout the country, including many commissioned mural works in various hotels and restaurants. She currently resides in South Jakarta with her husband and daughter.
Fitriani Dwi Kurniasih (Fitri DK) is a writer and art worker from Yogyakarta. Fitri is also a visual artist who uses graphic art techniques (such as hardboard cuts and etchings) to critique and dialogue social and environmental issues. Fitri is committed to raising women’s issues through art and music and consistently provides a strong female voice in an extremely patriarchal culture. Fitri is a member of SURVIVE!Garage community, Taring Padi art collective, Bunga-Bunga Besi (Iron Flowers) women artists group and is a vocalist in the band Dendang Kampungan.
Heather Horrocks is now semi-retired but her activities include being director of an artist-run space, a practicing artist (charcoal, threads, paste-ups, found objects) and, with her husband, proprietor of a small business that often takes her interstate to write, edit, and produce reports and policy documents while gazing at landscapes and interrogating trees.
She has been widely involved in the Footscray community for nearly 20 years. Heather currently chairs the Western Region Health Centre Board, sits on the Arts Advisory Committee for the City of Maribyrnong, and is a founding member of the newly-established Footscray Riverside Action Group. She was formerly a member of Footscray Community Arts Centre Board. Heather studied maths and languages at Monash University in the 1960s. She is approaching the biblical allotted life span of three score years and ten.
Lisa Greenaway is a producer, sound artist, storyteller, DJ and broadcaster. Trained as a specialist audio engineer at ABC (RN, Audio Arts, Radio Drama, Classic FM), Lisa has since produced sound works and engineered audio for radio, theatre and installation including RN, Triple J, TripleRFM, 2FBi, Next Wave, NYWF/TINA, The Bridge and Experimenta. Recent work includes the C I R C E international project 2015, 2016; documentaries for Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Exquisite exhibitions 2015, 2016; and IDEATION for White Night 2016 (with Nick Azidis and Adem Jaffers).
Lisa also works as DJ LAPKAT mixing multilingual spoken word and poetry with soundscape and global electronic/”folktronic” music. LAPKAT has created mixes for 7MNS Records France, SBS Chill Australia, LDBK Belgium, and Latin Bass Mexico Records. Live performances include Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, State of Design, Elles Tournent/Dames Draaien Brussels, Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Festival, and venues in Melbourne, Brussels, Ibiza, Paris, and Athens. LAPKAT recently collaborated with poets Andrew Galan, Farkhonda Akbar and Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, and the Women of the Great River (Zimbabwe/Berlin) on spoken word/soundscape/music tracks. Since 2012 Lisa has presented a monthly podcast “La Danza Poetica” for Groovalizacion Radio and Chimeres Greece.
Rosie Kilvert is a young Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara sovereign woman, of Calabrese heritage and is an artist, specialising in visual arts. Rosie is an Emerging Cultural Leader program alumni from FCAC, 2014. Rosie’s projects include leading artist in This is Footscray animated mural and contributor to Blak Side Story at FCAC 2011.Rosie is a makeup artist and has a social media presence where she uses her platform to use makeup as a tool of empowerment of self and other women of colour and resistance against euro centric beauty standards, racism and patriarchal dominance in art spaces.
Bigoa Chuol is a South Sudanese up and coming spoken word artist based in Melbourne who is re-discovering her love for writing and passion for poetry. Her art explores socio-political themes and challenges conventional ideas of love, relationships, beauty and womanhood. She hopes her art will uplift and empower others to own their own stories and even more importantly own being themselves unapologetically.
Mallika Taneja is a New Delhi based artist and Founder-Director of Lost & Found, a non-profit organisation bringing the arts to neighbourhoods in alternative spaces. She believes in the power of performance to bring about change in the society that she inhabits. Her performances as well as the endeavours undertaken by her organisation seek to challenge audiences, raise uncomfortable questions and make a dent in popular, hardened notions and cultures. She was awarded the ZKB Acknowledgement Prize at the Zurich Theatre Spektakel 2015 for Thoda Dhyaan Se (Be Careful), a twenty-minute satirical piece on how women should be ‘safe’. Mallika has since performed at festivals such as Les Urbaines, Lausanne, ITFoK, India and La Villette, Paris. Alternate spaces are a particular interest, one that she explores by performing and curating in unusual spaces.
This project is supported by Arts Centre Melbourne through Creative Victoria for Asia TOPA.
Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne, and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.
1- One Night Stanza 2015, Photo by Rachel Main