LEILA EL RAYES, ROMY COLE-GROTH, MIKA BENESH, MENG-YU YAN, SABELLA D'SOUZA, GIANNA HAYES AND PONAYA DEVI. CURATED BY VALERIE SCHLOSBERG AND ISABELLA CORNELL
22 AUGUST - 16 SEPTEMBER 2017
OPENING TUESDAY 22 AUGUST 2017, 4.30PM - 6PM.
Workshop 1 began as a revamping of an exhibition called "Dissonance," which was run collaboratively between Kudos Gallery and the UNSW Women's Collective between 1997 and 2015. Workshop 1 carries on the legacy of radical activism that the original exhibition was born of, pushing the boundaries set between political content and tangible intervention in the gallery setting. An open ended, collaborative project that is not quite exhibition nor public programming, Workshop 1 exists as a platform for gender diverse practitioners across a range of mediums and contexts to find common ground and lead conversations about their own interests and practices. Avoiding the trope of a "showcase of diversity" that tends to reduce artists to their oppressed identities,Workshop 1 refuses to leave women and non-binary people out of conversations about their own art.
Workshop 1 has involved a series of conversations between the participating artists, allowing for shared threads and contradictions to be uncovered, independent of a prescriptive curatorial framework. Curated and facilitated byIsabella Cornell and Valerie Schlosberg, Workshop 1 exists as a publication and concurrent group exhibition featuring the works of Leila El Rayes, Romy Cole-Groth, Mika Benesh, Meng-Yu Yan, Sabella D'souza, Gianna Hayes and Dileepa Dayananda. The publication, benefiting from an Arc @ UNSW Art & Design Grant, was conceived not only to contextualise the work and practices and to find common areas of interest for the artists in Workshop 1; but to actively engage the audience as a further participant in a way which generates further investigation and understanding.
A collection of works by participating artists of Workshop 1 will be on display at AD Space between 22nd August and 5th September. A launch of the adjacent publication Workshop 1: Process Collateral will accompany the exhibition opening.
Image: Video Still from 22/F/Aus, Sabella D'Souza, 2017