In conversation with Dr Simon Maidment and Dr Simone Slee, Berlin based artist Alicja Kwade provides insights into her artistic practice and recent international projects, including her participation in the 57th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Venice in 2017. The evening will include opening remarks by Matthias Arndt, Founder of Arndt Art Agency (A3).
Kwade is in Melbourne for the group exhibition Au curated by Luisa Bosci, presented by Arndt Art Agency (A3) at Station Gallery, Melbourne during Melbourne Art Week 2018.
Presented by NGV; VCA Art and COVA, Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne; and, Arndt Art Agency.
Alicja Kwade is a Berlin based artist whose work investigates and questions the structures of our reality and society, reflecting on the perception of time in everyday life. She has long been engaged with value systems in order to examine issues of inherently subjective concepts such as space and time. In her sculptures, installations, photographs and films, Kwade occupies herself with the structural properties of everyday objects such as: coins, metal pipes, mirrors, glass and lights. Kwade frequently employs imperfect doubling, mirror images, and repetition in her mixed-media practice, attempting to manipulate mental perceptions and physical experiences.
Dr Simone Slee is a Melbourne based artist and Research Convener at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) at The University of Melbourne. Slee produces installations, photographs, videos and sculptural objects that often engage the body and have a performance potential. She completed her PhD in 2017 and attended the Staedelschule, Frankfurt am Main after being awarded the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship. She has a Masters of Arts (Research) from RMIT University, a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Sculpture) from the Victorian College of the Arts, and Bachelor of Applied Science (Landscape Architecture) from RMIT. Slee has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally in India and Germany.
Dr Simon Maidment is Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the NGV. He completed his PhD at the Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts at The University of Melbourne. His research uses curatorial practice as a method to investigate art’s potential to influence social and political change.