Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms presented the work of contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft-based materialities with a political intent.
The exhibition presented the work of contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft-based materialities with a political intent.
Broadening our understanding of craft-making traditions, the artists in this exhibition subverted and extended these forms into the realm of activism and social change, reflecting on the world in which we live. While some responded directly to artistic or political movements, others encouraged social connection between community members or required participatory activation through collective processes.
Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms enabled viewers to rethink craft in a new light.
Catherine Bell, Karen Black, Penny Byrne, Erub Arts, Debris Facility, Starlie Geikie, Michelle Hamer, Kate Just, Deborah Kelly, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Raquel Ormella, Tai Snaith, Hiromi Tango, James Tylor, Jemima Wyman and Paul Yore.
An education kit was available for this exhibition and can be downloaded here.
A fully illustrated catalogue featuring a curatorial introduction and three commissioned texts by David Cross, Jessica Bridgfoot and Amelia Winata accompanied the exhibition.
Hiromi Tango: Amygdala—Healing Garden
7 December 2020—16 January 2021
Through this project, Hiromi Tango encouraged participants to focus on nature and meditative art-making processes as a way to help restore a state of calm and health and to strengthen social connections. Resources can be found here.
Installation view of Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms at USC Art Gallery, 20 November 2020 to 15 January 2021. Photo: Carl Warner.