UN/LEARNING AUSTRALIA | Agatha Gothe-Snape, 2021 - 2022 | Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, co-curated with Artspace, Sydney | curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Michelle Newton, Johanna Bear, Gahee Park, Eugene Hanna Park, and Kani Kim


Commemorating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and South Korea, 경로를 재탐색합니다 UN/LEARNING AUSTRALIA amplifies artistic practice representing contemporary issues vital to Australia and invites audiences to examine privilege, dominance and power from several perspectives. The project unpacks the complexities of national histories and the present moment through self-presentation and multiple forms of knowledge and resistance that challenge the standard representations of Australia.

경로를 재탐색합니다 UN/LEARNING AUSTRALIA features works by Abdul Abdullah, Brook Garru Andrew, Club Ate, Richard Bell, Daniel Boyd, Johnathon World Peace Bush, Madison Bycroft, Timothy Cook, Megan Cope, Robert Fielding, Zaachariaha Fielding, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Matthew Griffin, Taloi Havini, Timo Hogan, IVI (lead artists Ruha Fifita, Minaira Fifita, Sheida Vazirzadeh), Iwantja Women’s Collaborative, Iwantja Men’s Collaborative, Soda Jerk, Helen Johnson, Alex Martinis Roe, Carol McGregor, Archie Moore, Kunmanara (Peter) Mungkuri, Mrs Norris, Vincent Namatjira, Mel O’Callaghan, Lawrence Pennington, Yhonnie Scarce, Leyla Stevens, Lennard Walker, Judy Watson, Ms Wirrpanda, Pedro Wonaeamirri and Ms Yunupiŋu.


Artwork description

Agatha Gothe-Snape’s works, often based in performance and involving collaborations with others, reflect on the subtle relations brought into being through an artwork as a situation. Lion’s Honey, 2019/2021, is a performance entailing the presence of a single person, each day, reading to themselves within the gallery. The work invites a meditation on labour and leisure, as performers are elicited to undertake the task of reading in public, an activity which is usually associated with private pleasure. It thus contains the possibility for readers to shelter within the secluded virtual space of a story while also entering into dialogue, oscillating between the spectacle of performance and the reticent nature of relating through reading. Thes selection of Seoul-based readers took into consideration people who might not be able to take such time to luxuriate in reading unless that time was offered, such as mothers. Readers will be asked to choose new books, based on the first book given to them by the artist, The Shirley Club by Park Seo-yeon. In this way the project will slowly accrete its own reading list and set of interconnections.


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