01 June 2017
In her performance To Be Humble, artist Chantal Fraser invites you to take part in a mass act of artistic, social, and cultural penance. For this First Thursdays experience, she draws on the Samoan ritual tradition of ifoga, which is a ceremonial practice of forgiveness.
Fraser uses material culture and adornment in her installations, performances, and digital media works. Her interdisciplinary practice investigates cross-cultural representations and neo-colonialism within the form of cultural adornment.
Join Fraser alongside Pacific contemporary artists Ann Fuata, Dulcie Stewart, and young storyteller and performer Gerick Leota Thomsen, as they share their reflections and experiences of penance through moving image, storytelling, and performance.
This is a free event, with all welcome. Register your place on Eventbrite here.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Chantal Fraser is a Brisbane-based artist. Her practice explores ornamentation as an aesthetic resolution to identity and individuality. Fraser has exhibited nationally at various institutions such as QAGOMA, Brisbane; Artbank, Sydney; QUT Art Museum, Brisbane; UQ Art Museum, Brisbane; and Brisbane City Hall (now Museum of Brisbane), Brisbane. Fraser has also been included in exhibitions internationally at institutions such as La Cité internationale des Arts, Paris; Les Brassieres in Belgium; and Tjibaou Cultural Centre, New Caledonia.
Ann Fuata is a Melbourne process-based artist and writer, who grew up in Logan, Queensland and works between the mediums of performance and sculpture. Her practice is informed by themes of temporality, the human psyche, and place.
Gerick Leota Thomsen
Born in Apia, Samoa and now based in Brisbane, Gerick Leota Thomsen, is an emerging actor and performer currently undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) at the Queensland University of Technology. Thomsen was recently featured in the lead role of the QUT production Enemies.
Brisbane based, Dulcie Stewart was born in Fiji and is of Fijian (vasu Bua, Kadavu, Rewa and Tailevu), Danish, Spanish Mexican, Filipino, American, Irish, English, and Chinese descent. This mixed heritage has influenced her artistic practice; and her role as a family historian and ongoing investigations into place, belonging, memory and identity. Dulcie’s arts practice explores and celebrates the relationships between visual culture and contemporary Fijian identities through Fijian symbols, motifs and iconography found in her Australian urban landscape. These linkages in the captured landscape evoke memories of home and belonging.