1 year ago

20 October, 2016

Linkway Room, Level 4 John Medley Building, The University of Melbourne Parkville

Organised by:
Art History Student Society


Join us for our final Asian Art Dialogue of the year, featuring a panel discussion with Melbourne based performance artist Rani Pramesti, and emerging curator Sophia Cai. In conversation, they will discuss artistic approaches to culture and identity within the contemporary Australian context. Memory, tradition, and craft are the unifying themes of their work.

Asian Art Dialogue (AAD) is an open collective for critical thinking and engagement with Asian art. Based on the premise of inclusivity, AAD encourages a variety of voices to contribute to an evolving conversation that is responsive to contemporary happenings and socio-political contexts.

This is a FREE event, drinks & snacks will be provided.

Rani Pramesti is a performance maker, an arts producer and an advocate for the arts. In all three roles, she builds bridges across cultures, generations and disciplines. She is also the founder of RANI P COLLABORATIONS. Since 2015, Rani has been working as an Associate Producer at Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC). She is currently the co-producer of FCAC’s Emerging Cultural Leaders program. Rani was also the lead artist of Sedih // Sunno, a new performance-installation which premiered at Next Wave Festival (May 2016) and Metro Arts (August 2016). Rani is a proud Board Member for the socially engaged youth theatre company, Western Edge Youth Arts. In 2014, Rani led the creation of a performance-installation, Chinese Whispers, which won the Melbourne Fringe Award for Best Live Art and Kultour’s Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice Award. Chinese Whispers received the VCAMCM & Arts Victoria Graduate Mentorship $25,000 scholarship.

Sophia Cai is an emerging curator and arts writer with a particular interest in contemporary Asian art as well as craft-based practices. She completed a Masters with Distinction in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and previously graduated from the Australian National University with a First-Class Honours degree in Art History and Curatorship. In addition to her tertiary qualifications, Sophia has gained experience in a major institutions, independent spaces, and commercial galleries in Australia and the UK. She currently works as an independent curator and writer. Recent projects include 'Some words are just between us' at Firstdraft, 'PLAYFUL' at City Library Gallery for National Youth Week, 'Wonky' at Tinning Street Presents, and forthcoming exhibitions with Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and BLINDSIDE.