Thu 29 Aug 2019 - Tue 8 Oct 2019
Location Hume Global Learning Centre – Broadmeadows
1093 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows VIC 3047
Hume Global Learning Centre – Broadmeadows
Meeting Point is a group exhibition of works by Marie Afram; Yelena Ashlapova; Amicus Atman; Anthony Bertucci; and Emiliano Fernandez as part of Emerge in the North 2019, now in its third year. It celebrates the incredible cultural contributions of artists from new and emerging communities in the outer north of Melbourne, investing in the development of new works and profiling artists of quality and innovative practice. Each of the five artists selected through the EOI process worked alongside curator Santy Saptari, to develop new works for the exhibition.
From its beginnings at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Epping in 2017, Emerge in the North has drawn an immense pool of talent into public view from the culturally diverse communities in Melbourne’s outer north. This year’s exhibition is the first time the exhibition has happened in Hume, benefiting from the dedicated art spaces in the Global Learning Centre. Curated by Santy Saptari, the theme of the exhibition is “Meeting Point”, which is an acknowledgement of the recurring ideas in many of the artists’ works to date.
A panel of three judges comprising, Kay Abude, Bushra Hasan and Tobias Hengeveld, all practising artists and curators with strong connections in the artistic community of Melbourne’s outer north, will award a prize of a solo exhibition at the Gee-Lee Wik Doleen Gallery in Craigieburn over December-January this summer.
Performing at the opening is Iaki Vallejo, who was born and raised in Colombia and is currently based in the outer north of Melbourne. Her voice is powerful, intense and warm and stands out in her vocal improvisation style and in her interpretative capacity. Iaki also worked with the curator and MAV on the marketing and production of this exhibition.
Exhibition dates: 29 August – 8 October 2019
Opening night: 29 August 2019, 6pm
Artist-led tour: 26 September 2019 6:30pmAn informative discussion with the artists about their work in Meeting Point.
Bookings advised, please email Carmen: CarmenR@hume.vic.gov.au.
Being an expressive individual who was raised in Syria, Marie Afram started painting from a young age and would often wait on deliveries of new paint so that she could expand her palette. Marie’s artistic talents have in recent times been influenced by the recent horrors of war within the country. Today, in Australia, she freely practices her artistic expression in various forms and styles, including abstract, surrealism, nature and life drawings. Her preference for medium has been oil and acrylic on canvas. Marie holds a Diploma of Visual Arts, as well as an Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development. Her works have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions, and she was recently the winner of the “Many Faces One Community – Valuing Diversity” Local Community Art Competition. At present she is a part of the Craigieburn Art Group.
Emiliano Fernandez is an Argentinian photographer. He studied Forestry and Fine Arts at Universidad Nacional de La Plata; and photography in the Argentinean School of Photography. In 2008, he left Argentina to travel and experience other cultures and have worked and lived in different countries, including New Zealand, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Germany, Australia. As a result of the years living abroad, in 2011 he produced a photographic body of work -“Los Vínculos” (The links)-, curated together with Marcos Zimmermann, a renown Argentinean photographer. This work has been awarded with the first prize for Latin American author in Montevideo, Uruguay by the Centro de Fotografía and made into a publication. His goal as a photographer is to create awareness and new ways to connect, protect and respect the natural environment. He has received a scholarship in Cologne, Germany; and participated in art residencies, artist book and curatorial workshops in Berlin and Cologne.
Painter and Visual Artist
Anthony Bertucci is a Melbourne based painter/visual artist. He was born and bred in Campbellfield, to Italian immigrant parents Francesco and Teresa and then in his teens moved to Roxburgh Park. He was a creator and performer from a very young age and went onto performing arts and corporate careers all the while producing art for Design firms, Private collections, Display Homes and exhibiting in Group and Solo shows. Inspired by Natural landscapes, Ethereal spaces and places of transcendence, his paintings are vibrating with splashes of colour, layered movement and subconscious mark making. Abstract expressionism and spirituality have always been an inspiration for Anthony’s work which has been evolving over 2 decades and the latest collection delves into languishing landscapes, space travel and abstract microcosmos . Bertucci himself says,” There is a constant dialogue happening between me and the art I’m producing, it’s a tug of war between perfection and imperfection. Somewhere in the middle is where I want to be with my art, to honour the majestic imperfections of life and nature and the obscured beauty all around us”
Yelena Ashlapova’s art practice emerged as an outcome of life journey. Her art is a personal expression of her emotions. Mostly working using acrylic and oil paint, she is interested in connecting philosophy, science and art in her work, which are translated in abstraction or figurative styles. She has received awards for Best entry at Bridgewater Exhibition 2017 and Hume Art Award 2018.
Influenced by mythology, legend and the stories that are told, Amicus Atman works to construct cross-dimensional and highly immersive artwork while interrogating the constantly evolving circumstances. Coding NFT's while constructing Wayang Kulit, making spicy meals and playing with interactive projection art are all part of the creative process that Amicus uses. As a South-East Asian creative, they are committed to staying true to their ancestral history, respecting tradition and looking to the future, while navigating current realities of living in colonized spaces.