Composing Archipelagos: Curator Talk
Composing Archipelagos: Curator Talk


Jasmin Stephens

Curator Talk: 2pm Saturday 20 March 2021

A FREE EVENT – limited places due to COVID-19 restrictions. No registrations necessary, first in best dressed!

Contemporary Art Tasmania


Independent Curator Jasmin Stephens will give a talk in the gallery about her exhibition Composing Archipelagos. Stephens has worked in senior roles at Artbank, MCA Australia and Fremantle Arts Centre, has curated numerous exhibitions and brings her experience as a teacher of Curatorial Studies and Contemporary Art in Asia to this project.

Composing Archipelagos considers what could happen if lutruwita/Tasmania was to cast off colonial myths of islandness and reframe itself as part of an archipelago stretching across the Asia Pacific. The archipelago, with its unifying but elastic quality, asserts the ocean as a connecting rather than a dividing force. For scholars and activists from Southeast Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean, it challenges perceptions of regional knowledge and experience as remote and scattered. Composing Archipelagos originates in Tasmanian artists’ early commitment to geographic perspectives. At the same time, artists with enduring affinities to land, sea and sky are joined by those who loosen the ties between geography and identity.

Artists: Lucy Bleach, Torika Bolatagici, Aliansyah Caniago & Raisa Kamila, Jane Chang Mi, Anthony Johnson,Ricky Maynard, Marian Tubbs, and James Tylor

Exhibition: 18 March – 11 April 2021


This project is supported by Ten Days on the Island and Project Eleven.

Image: Lucy Bleach, Brothers Volcano, 2020, web-based bathymetric image, figure from GNS Science Te Pū Ao New Zealand Aotearoa, public domain, retrieved 29/10/2020

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