Emma Rani Hodges exhibition
Emma Rani Hodges' exhibition in Gallery 2, 'I would kiss you on the cheek if you listened to me. I'm tired of pleading with you' is a body of work that focuses on plural identities and feelings of cultural rootlessness.
Having grown up between cultures, Hodges lives in the skin of a Thai-Chinese migrant and grew up on unceded Ngunnawal, Ngunawal and Ngambri land. Land and country are important here; coming from a diasporic identity there is a strong desire to find spaces that sit on the margins of white development. This space exists in the form of urban-bushland, backing the outer suburbs of Belconnen where Hodges moved between houses in a constant state of relocation and removal (though some things stayed constant, like the sound of cicadas every summer).
Hodges' work constructs fictive spaces combining found natural objects such as banksia cones and cicada shells, manufactured objects such as fabric sent by their grandmother in Thailand (who was once a dress maker), poetic prose, and traditional paintings. Their work responds to fear of ambiguity - Zarine Rocha theorises that mixed heritage people are historically pathologized by western culture as being caught between two worlds, destined to never belong in either. By creating work that relies on multiple modes of making, Hodges carves out space for plural identity to exist as a unified whole.
Dean Cross 'Icarus, my Son'
Dean Cross was born and raised on Ngunnawal/Ngambri County and is of Worimi descent. He is a transdisciplinary artist, working across media to create powerful and expressive installations that balance the poetic and the political.
For this, his first major solo in the region where he spent his younger years, Cross turns to the ancient Greek tragedy of Icarus and Daedalus. The boy who falls after flying too high. A tragedy that has played out across the millennia in a myriad of ways. But what did Icarus leave behind, or perhaps more importantly, who. This exhibition will examine the too common experience of rural and regional people who need to leave their homes, their Country, in search of opportunities not available to them.
A semi-autobiographical exhibition 'Icarus, my Son' will ruminate on ideas of home, ambition, cataclysm and loss. It will evoke every young Icarus still out there, delicately perched on ambitions ledge and ask what do you want? And how far are you willing to go to get it?This project was initiated by Goulburn Regional Art Gallery as part of The Good Initiative, a biennial $20,000 award to living artists. As exhibition partner, Carriageworks further invests in a major commission of new work from Dean Cross, the inaugural recipient of the award in 2020.
Bungonia Hall Celtic Dinner
- July 31 at Bungonia Village Hall, 42 King St, Bungonia from 6-9pm. Cost: Two-course dinner adults are only $20 each and kids free. Bookings essential. For more details, contact Bungonia Progress via email email@example.com or call on 0403 068 719.
The Bungonia Celtic Dinner will be held at the Bungonia Village Hall on Saturday, July 31 starting at 6pm. The night is BYO your own drinks and nibbles with an amazing Irish themed menu available. Your choice of either an irish stew, veggie hot pot or chicken served with vegetables and chips all served with a cob roll for main plus either an apple pie or cake and ice cream with tea and coffee for dessert. Kids get either 6 nuggets or two sausages with chips plus ice cream with sprinkles and jelly. Bookings are essential so make sure you dress green or in Irish attire to be part of what is an amazing and fun night.
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