7pm, Friday 6 April 2018
Ekene Maduka’s practice is grounded in materializing her thought processes and creating opportunities for encounters with her personal experiences through self-representation. Much of her work is informed by the passages of identity and what initiates changes within it.
Maduka’s work is centred on the female figure, creating tension between art historical tropes surrounding the depiction of black women, self representation, and popular culture. She frequently employs heavy detailing when rendering skin, fabrics, and interior spaces. This and her deployment of pattern and striking colors carry historical as well as cultural significance that heightens the social critique often present in her paintings.
In 2017, Maduka was curated into the aceartinc. student exhibition and subsequently awarded the Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary. As part of this, recipients are invited to give a public talk about their work. We hope you can join us to hear Ekene Maduka talk about her practice and recent bodies of work.
Image: Look, it’s just blood. Ekene Maduka. 5’ x 6’; oil on canvas. 2018
The Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary
This bursary is available to art students who have been curated into the Annual Student Exhibition. The bursary is intended to support a project or an opportunity (such as a workshop or residency) that will positively impact the artist’s practice. In 2013 the youngest artist curated into our Annual Student Exhibition passed away. In his memory aceartinc. created the Scott Wachal Memorial Student Bursary.
THE LABOUR OF LIVING (A LIVEABLE LIFE) | Kelly Campbel
7pm, Wednesday 5 April 2017
This is an ongoing project exploring, documenting, and participating in the continuous process of building and destroying livable lives under capitalism and global colonialism through queer interdependence.
To prepare for the presentation, please contemplate the following questions: How does one build a livable life? What is necessary to do this? What is the relationship between giving and receiving care, the ability to give and receive care, and one’s ability, gender, race, and historically mitigated access to resources? How does space, both physical and online, shaped by capitalism and colonialism, impact our experience of care? What is the relationship between practical and emotional labour? How is our labour of care exploited? What happens when we do not receive the care we need?
Content warning: Suicide, self immolation, self harm.
About the Bursary
Those students who are curated into the annual student exhibition are invited to apply to this bursary, founded in the memory of a student, Scott Wachal, who exhibited with ace in May 2013.
$500 is awarded to contribute to the costs associated with a contemporary art project such as materials, residencies, etc. Tuition fees are not eligible. The student is then invited to deliver a public artist talk about the project the bursary supported.