David Sequiera Arts Forum
June 8, 2023 2:00 pm
Plimsoll Gallery and Dechaineux Theatre, 37 Hunter Street, Hobart
Presentation | David Sequeira: Curation as extended studio practice
Photo by Stephen Mccallum
Date: Thursday 8 June, 2 - 3pm
Location: Dechaineux Theatre, 37 Hunter Street, Hobart
Dr David Sequeira, Artist, Curator, and Director, Fiona and Sidney Myer Gallery
David Sequeira’s diverse practice includes painting, sculpture, installation and curatorship. Using languages of colour, space, and geometry to intervene and rethink the standard histories, his work generates contemplative experiences that disrupt linear narratives about art. Sequeira’s work explores issues around high and low art, personal and shared histories, banality and profundity and the reverberations of colonisation. He has exhibited his work extensively throughout Australia and his work is currently on show in The National 4 Australian Art Now, at the Art Gallery of NSW and the TarraWarra Biennial. In addition to his studio practice, Sequeira has held senior positions in public cultural institutions. He is currently the Director, Fiona and Sidney Myer Gallery, University of Melbourne.
What does it mean to be the absolute essence of who you are without being wedded to any of it?
For a long time, the ‘self’ was considered a stable and trustworthy container within which you can be found.
Emerging theories of selfhood recognise that it isn’t so simple. We know that we can have as many social selves as the people who recognise us. Rather than being fixed and always coherent, our personalities can be participated in as a plethora of parallel processes and possibilities. Of transformation. Of continuous becoming.
This exhibition brings together artists who hold and express tenderly the multiple aspects of their selves through a series of portraiture and anti-portraiture. With photography, film, painting, installation, textile, and performance, this exhibition explores the tensions
of our networked personalities - our shadows, our masks, our shame.
Yet, the artists retain their agency and their ‘right to opacity’, to resist being wholly understood, or essentialised; towards an openness of cultural hybridity, to being visible while not being wholly transparent.
How will you show up today?
Artists: Bruno Booth, Amrita Hepi, Léuli Eshrāghi, Bhenji Ra, Aleks Danko, Cassie Sullivan, Georgia Morgan, Cigdem Aydemir, David Rosetzky, and Shea Kirk.
Curator: Caine Chennatt
DARK MOFO Opening hours:
8 – 11 June, 4pm – 10:00pm
15 – 18 June, 4pm – 10:00pm
GALLERY OPENING HOURS all other times
21 June – 5 August
11am – 4pm Tuesdays – Saturdays
Closed Sundays, Mondays and public holidays
Presented by Dark Mofo and the Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania
Exhibition development received assistance through the Contemporary Art Tasmania Exhibition Development Fund and was produced by the University of Tasmania – Library and Cultural Collections
Project Manager: Jane Barlow
Install team: Anna Eden, Josh Prouse and Michael Bradey