Zones of Contact

Zones of Contact

Dates: Friday 9 June to Saturday 9 September

Opening: Thursday 8 June, 6-9pm

Artist: 2006 Biennale of Sydney

The 2006 Biennale of Sydney will feature 85 of the world’s most dynamic and innovative artists from 44 countries, many of whom will show in Australia for the first time.

This major contemporary visual art event will be presented in over fifteen venues throughout Sydney, including the SCA Galleries at Sydney College of the Arts.

The 2006 exhibition pushes new boundaries with a strong representation by artists from countries, cities and regions that are rarely represented in major international festivals and biennales including the Middle East, Eastern and Southern Europe and the Asian region.

Zones of Contact is about ideas that shape our lives today and our sense of the future. It concerns the spaces which people live in and move between: cities, settlements, public areas and private territories such as the body. Some works reflect the experience of having one's homeland occupied; others relate the sense of displacement, which can arise when living in another person's culture. Many works present the impact of one culture on that of others, as well as on the land we share. There are also many positives - celebrations of connections and exchange, of conviviality and hospitality between people and cultures as well as offering a space for reflection and sense of an emancipated future.

The Artistic Director and Curator of the exhibition is Dr Charles Merewether. Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Cross Cultural Research, Australian National University, Merewether has extensive experience as an art historian, curator, writer and lecturer.

The SCA Galleries will present three works by four international artists including Brazilian artist Marepe, Fikret Atay form Turkey and Yelena Vorobyeva & Victor Vorobyev who work collaboratively, from Kazakhstan.

Emerging artist Fikret Atay's video work Tinica (2004) shows a young man overlooking the town of Batman in Turkey. Having pieced together a makeshift drum set from used cans, plastic bottles and containers, he passionately begins to drum, although people in the town below appear unaware of the performance. Upon finishing the song, the man despondently kicks the drum set down the hill and throws the drumsticks away. Fikret Atay was born in 1976 in Batman, Turkey and lives and works in Paris, France.

Brazilian artist Marepe creates sculptures, installations and performances inspired by daily life in Santo Antonio de Jesus, the city in Bahia in which Marepe was born and continues to live. Marepe's installation, Praticáveis (2006), is made from everyday objects including a chair, shoes, a ladder, a table, fabrics, flowers, a torch, cups and a bottle. A spotlight is thrown on these objects as though they are part of a play and a soundtrack of songs and various noises complement the 'production'. Marepe was born in 1970 in Santo Antonio de Jesus, Brazil where he continues to live and work.

Yelena Vorobyeva and Viktor Vorobyev have been collaborating for a number of years, incorporating photography, video and objects into their artistic work. The installation, Bazaar (1990-2004), is composed of collected objects from the local market suggesting that everything can be bought for a price and even items of great sentimental value are for sale. Bazaar combines photographs of post-Soviet bazaars or markets with real objects bought from those bazaars. The bazaar is seen as a museum where everyone is busily exhibiting and selling objects which symbolise their lives under Soviet rule - a life from which they are now detached. Yelena Vorobyeva and Viktor Vorobyev live and work in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

SCA Galleries will present artist talks by Marepe, Yelena Vorobyeva and Viktor Vorobyev on Thursday 8 June at 5pm, prior to the opening of the exhibition.

For more information visit the Biennale of Sydney website