A CONVERSATION BETWEEN TWO TRAINS | Susana Pilar Delhante Matienzo, Adriana Arronte, Diana Fonseca Quiñones, Mia Salsjö, Robyne Latham, Angela Tiatia

Intercambio: Cuba Australia Video Exchange

Intercambio: Cuba Australia Video Exchange is a part of a five-year artist residency and exchange program between RMIT School of Art and the Wifredo Lam Centre for Contemporary Art, culminating in a presentation of Australian works at the 2019 Bienal de la Habana.

Art Exhibition previously on at BLINDSIDE in Flinders Lane precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 18 April 2018 to Saturday 05 May 2018
Launch Thursday 19 April 2018, 6-8pm

A CONVERSATION BETWEEN TWO TRAINS | Susana Pilar Delhante Matienzo, Adriana Arronte, Diana Fonseca Quiñones, Mia Salsjö, Robyne Latham, Angela Tiatia image

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The Video Exchange focuses on the works of six women artists from Cuba and Australia. The exhibition brings into focus shared concerns for artists in the geographical South, with particular emphasis on themes of identity and social participation.
The nations of Cuba and Australia are profoundly different in terms of political structures, histories, economies, scales and most notably, in their cultures. Yet curiously, as two countries of the geographical South, their multi-ethnic and post-colonial legacies reveal surprising synergies and concerns, especially at the levels of cultural discourse and artistic practice.

Six women artists – three from Cuba and three from Australia – will present video works within the discursive framework of the Intercambio: Cuba Australia Video Exchange. Issues including gender-based violence, social participation, identity and otherness are explored through video based works. Ranging from the confrontational to the whimsical, the exhibition focuses especially on performance-based processes. This includes Susana Pilar Delhante’s homage to the Cuban American artist Ana Mendieta, whose violent death in 1985 cut short the career of a highly influential artist. Similarly, Angela Tiatia will devise a new work that pays homage to Mendieta as an artist of global significance.

In contrast, Melbourne-based artist Mia Salsjö will present works made in Cuba and Australia that reflect on her own experience as an artist living in diverse locations and as one who draws on exceedingly different cultural roots. Salsjö’s works will appear alongside Delhante’s reflections on her African ancestry in both local and global contexts. Robyne Latham will similarly consider issues pertaining to Indigenous identity and universality.

Adriana Arronte will present documentation of planned and impromptu performances, at times enacted in public spaces in Cuba. Her works deal with issues of gendered violence and the extent to which such topics are publically discussed.