CCAS/ RESÒ INTERNATIONAL ART EXCHANGE
At last the news is out !
Canberra Contemporary Art Space is delighted to announce that Kirsten Farrell is on her way to Turin and Enrico Partengo is heading for Canberra, the first artists in the CCAS/ RESÒ International Art Exchange Residency. Throughout 2016 CCAS has been negotiating this exciting new partnership with Italy’s RESÒ Network and it will provide ongoing opportunities for our most innovative artists to explore new territories and foster productive relationships with contemporary Italian artists.
Kirsten is well known in Canberra for her stunning colourful works that have referenced everything from great works of literature to spam emails. At the Cittadellarte in Turin, she intends to continue a series of works focussing on the difficulties of making art in uncertain times by using practices of fortune telling, in the land where Tarot first appeared. It’s a project with massive potential for intriguing public participation.
Enrico meanwhile, has been researching contaminated zones in the ACT. In his sights are set on toxic relics of former fuel dumps, chemical storage, cattle dips and sites where heavy metals, hydrocarbons, pesticides and asbestos can be found. Through his illustrated survey of polluted areas he imagines creating an alternative photographic history of the Australian landscape.
The residencies are big news for CCAS and Canberra. Exchanges of this type are all too rare and the CCAS/RESO Network collaboration will offer ongoing opportunities for ACT and Piedmont artists. These programs benefit everyone by invigorating local communities with exciting new ideas and stimulating artists practices as they connect with international peers.
There will be more news about Enrico’s project in coming months and you will be able to meet him at CCAS Gorman Art Centre from November to December. We will also keep you posted on Kirsten’s international exploits as she delves into the future with Italian style.
The CCAS/ RESÒ International Art Exchange Residency in Canberra is generously supported by Russell Kennedy Lawyers.