6 - 8pm, Thursday 16th Jan


Various artists - Wansolwara: One Salt Water

In January 2020, Sydney’s 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and UNSW Galleries will open Wansolwara: One Salt Water - a series of exhibitions, performances and events from across the Pacific and throughout the Great Ocean.

Presented as part of Sydney Festival 2020, Wansolwara: One Salt Water celebrates the depth and diversity of contemporary visual and material culture throughout these regions, placing customary practices alongside contemporary articulations in art, writing and the moving image, with 25 creatives across multiple city venues. The creatives participating in Wansolwara: One Salt Water are: Sebastián Calfuqueo Aliste, Mitiana Arbon, asinnajaq, Mariquita ‘Micki’ Davis, Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Winnie Dunn, Léuli Eshraghi, Terry Faleono, Ruha Fifita, Troppo Galaktika, Amrita Hepi, Rebecca Ann Hobbs, Shivanjani Lal, Enoch Mailangi, Caroline Monnet, Faye Mullen, Paula Schaafhausen, José Da Silva, Talia Smith, Mikala Tai, Shannon Te Ao, Angela Tiatia, Vaimaila Urale and Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu.

At 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, the ground floor gallery space will be invigorated by Rebecca Ann Hobbs, whose videos of dance by Pacific communities in South Auckland pulsate through the space. In 4A’s first floor galleries, Paula Schaafhausen presents a series of Tagaloa (the Polynesian god of the ocean) figures formed from coconut oil and debris washed up on 12 Sydney beaches, that will over time, melt; while Vaimaila Urale examines contemporary tradition and symbology through computer punctuation marks and symbols formed in sand.

This opening event starts at 6:00PM at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art with drinks and a performance from Terry Faleono.

Wansolwara: One Salt Water will be open at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art from 17 January - 29 March 2020. UNSW Galleries will present Wansolwara: One Salt Water exhibitions from 17 Jan – 18 April 2020. This project features a array of special projects, events and talks - click here to find out more about the exhibition, artists and public programs.


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