24 MARCH – 22 APRIL 2017
PREVIEW: THURSDAY 23 MARCH, 7PM
In a month-long exhibition and inquiry, Arts Catalyst looks at artists’ practices that explore the nature of conflict in relation to the use of the Earth’s geological natural resources.
Showing throughout the month, Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway’s film Kuannersuit; Kvanefjeld (2016) is a work in-progress, forming the first part of the artists’ long-term investigation into tensions and conflicts within the small, mostly indigenous, community of Narsaq near the Kvanefjeld plateau in southern Greenland; site of one of the richest rare earth mineral resources and uranium ore deposits in the world.
Running concurrently, artist and researcher Nabil Ahmed presents maps, drawings and archival material from his project Inter-Pacific Ring Tribunal (INTERPRT), a three-year spatial investigation of the West Papua/Indonesia conflict towards a series of alternative tribunals on ecocide in the Pacific region.
A series of discussions and study sessions accompanies the programme, with confirmed participants including exhibiting artists Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway and Nabil Ahmed, lawyer turned artist Jack Tan, curator Ele Carpenter, artist Melanie Jackson, writer and academic Angus Cameron and theorist Jussi Parikka. A visit to the Institute of Making with a guided tour of the Materials Library will explore some of the materials underpinning the minerals trade.