John Mateer (b. 1971, South Africa) is a Perth-based writer and independent curator with a mixed heritage and a deep interest in cross-cultural relations. He has for some time been observing Australia’s associations with Europe, America and Asia and how this feeds artists living within these environments.
Simryn Gill (b. 1959, Singapore) lives and works between Malaysia and Sydney. Her work focuses on object representation and language. Through her work Gill contemplates how ideas and meanings are communicated between people, objects and sites. Gill has exhibited extensively; her work is currently presented at 55th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale Australian Pavilion, Italy.
Rodney Glick (b. 1961, Perth WA) is an artist working in a variety of media including: installation, video, painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, public art and furniture design. Glick is now based in Ubud, Bali where he often collaborates with local craftsmen and designers to make work that considers contemporary spirituality and tradition in both the east and west.
Lynn Lu (b.1974, Singapore) performance artist based in London. Lu’s work explores gender and identity, her performances respond to the physical space and underlying themes of the exhibition, they create resonating relationships between herself, the audience, and between members of the audience themselves.
Hayati Mokhtar (b. 1969, Malaysia) lives and works in Kuala Lumpur. Her practice utilises the moving image to observe and comment on defining the landscape, its buildings and its people. Deeply rooted in her work are the ideas surrounding memory, place and belonging. Dain Iskandar Said is a highly regarded independent film writer and director who worked in collaboration with Mokhtar for the production of Near Intervisible Lines.
Tom Nicholson (b.1973, Melbourne VIC) works with archival material and the visual language of politics, often using public actions and focusing on the relationship between actions and their traces. Based in Melbourne, his broad practice incorporates media from performance and sculpture to photography.
Max Pam (b. 1949, Melbourne VIC) is one of Australia’s most important contemporary photographers. Travel is fundamentally the focus of Pam’s life work, he explores the ramifications of male desire, desire in general, and the longings that underpin our will to travel, while turning the camera inward to understand what it is to be this man. his work focuses primarily on sex, desire and identity.
PUNKASILA (Indonesia) is an artist collective project formed by Danius Kesminas. PUNKASILA features seven young artists from Yogyakarta including: “Hahan” Uji Handoko Eko Saputro, Rudy “Atjeh” Dharmawan, “Iyok” Prayoga Satrio Utomo, Janu Satmoko, Prihatmoko “Moky” Catur, Gde Krisna Widiathama, Wimo Ambala Bayang and Danius Kesminas. PUNKASILA use customized mahogany guitars, built to simulate M-16’s, AK-47’s to play original punk songs highlighting a multitude of acronyms and abbreviations to describe the full spectrum of Indonesian political, cultural and religious life.
Christian Thompson (b. 1978, Gawler SA) is a photographic, conceptual and performance artist whose work explores identity, cultural hybridity and history. Christian born is South Australia is the Inaugural Charlie Perkins Scholar and the first Aboriginal Australian artist to be admitted to Oxford University.
Lisa Uhl (b. 1976, Fitzroy Crossing/Mindi Rardi WA) is a painter who works predominately with the landscape by which she explores the love of her home, community and country through the eye of the abstract. Her works focus on her unique cultural connection to place and responding the expanse of the Kimberly region.
Hossein Valamanesh (b.1949, Iran) is a sculpture and installation-based artist who works predominately with ideas relating to memory, cultural dislocation, loss and the progression of time. As an Iranian born, Australian based artist his work combines elements from both cultures in an elegant and often playful way.