MEDIA RELEASE | PICA’s Upcoming Program

Riding on the recent and resounding success of its Fringe World and Perth Festival seasons, PICA is proud to announce its upcoming program for the remainder of 2018.

PICA Director Amy Barrett-Lennard describes the program as “a thrilling mix of artistic voices, emerging and established, that are crying out to be heard but not always given the opportunity to do so”.

The building and examination of relationships are key as the year’s program unfolds – relationships between countries, cultures, genders and generations as well as those between life, death and technology. A number of important new works will be developed and presented across visual, performing and interdisciplinary arts.

Kimsooja: Zone of Nowhere

17 February – 25 April

Zone of Nowhere is the first solo exhibition in Australia by internationally acclaimed, South Korean born and New York based multidisciplinary artist Kimsooja. Her work is centered around cultural and political issues such as migration and displacement, and invites us to question the major challenges we face today.

The exhibition features selected works from the artist’s 30-year career, as well as a major new site specific installation created for PICA and a public art project on the streets of Perth.

Curated by PICA Senior Curator Eugenio Viola and presented in association with Perth Festival and PICA Public Project Partner Wesfarmers Arts.

Joshua Pether: Jupiter Orbiting (Creative Development)
26 March – 15 April

Jupiter Orbiting is a new work in development by WA based artist of Kalkadoon heritage Joshua Pether as part of the Next Wave x PICA Commission. This performative dance work will premiere at Next Wave Festival 2018 in Melbourne from 10-13 May before returning to PICA in 2019.

Pether’s second solo work takes us on a sci-fi adventure that explores perceptions of mental health, our relationship with trauma and our capacity for empathy. Combining movement, sound and video Jupiter Orbiting negotiates the boundaries between myth and truth.

Hatched: National Graduate Show
19 May – 15 July

The Hatched: National Graduate Show tests the pulse of Australia’s emerging arts scene while acting as an important platform for the next generation of Australian artists. Since 1992 Hatched has presented the work of over one thousand artists alongside that of their national peers in this unique showcase of emergent talent.

Curated by Eugenio Viola

2018 Artist Selection Panel:
Agatha Gothe-Snape, Artist, Sydney
Annika Kristensen, Senior Curator, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Fang-Wei Chang, Senior Curator, Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Eugenio Viola, Senior Curator, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

KISS club
pvi collective
25 May

KISS club is a performance event for ideas in development. A combination of emerging and established live performance artists are selected to present 10 minutes of a work in progress, providing a chance to trial new ideas and receive feedback in a supportive, critical environment. A Q&A with a special guest speaker provides insight into a topic beyond the arts.

This fast and furious performance night gives audiences a fresh view of what is bubbling in the hearts and minds of Perth’s performance makers and the opportunity to help shape and support new work.

Presented with pvi collective

KISS club was originally created by artist Karen Therese and gifted to pvi collective

Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards)

7 – 16 June

Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards) is an evocative triple bill of new solo works exploring our sense of belonging in Australia today. Curated by Marrugeku’s Artistic Directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain (Gudirr GudirrCut the Sky and Burning Daylight), Burrbgaja Yalirra is a deeply poetic unification of Indigenous and non-Indigenous contemporary cultures across dance, music and storytelling.

Though collaborations with Marrugeku Associate Artists Eric Avery, Edwin Lee Mulligan, Miranda Wheen, and a team of interdisciplinary artists, each work is an invitation to join a vibrant retelling and re-awakening of histories, locations and languages.

Co-commissioned by PICA and Carriageworks


Late July

Howl is a live art parade that celebrates 15 significant moments in art history. It is unquestionably queer, arguably dangerous and probably obscene.

Created by Australian artists Willoh S. Weiland, Lara Thoms and Lz Dunn, Howl energetically commemorates controversy – from the furore aroused over a feminist self-portrait and the outrage at a rainbow being burnt in a public square, to the indignation of artists arrested on suspicion of bio-terrorism. A group of Perth-based artists will also participate in an artist lab with the lead artists to generate new, site responsive material exploring WA’s own art history.

Amalia Pica: please open hurry
4 August – 7 October

Born in Argentina and based in London, Amalia Pica uses sculpture, photography, installation, performance and video to define how we communicate beyond the barriers of language. The artist’s first solo exhibition in Australia please open hurry is based on scientific research that explores the potential for communication between animals and humans.

Curated at PICA by Eugenio Viola and developed in partnership with The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, and The Power Plant, Toronto, with the generous support of the Keir Foundation.

Khaled Sabsabi: A Self Portrait
4 August – 7 October

Working across borders, cultures and disciplines, Lebanese-Australian artist Khaled Sabsabi makes socially engaged art that challenges the passive consumption of media spectacle and questions notions of nationhood, identity and change. A Self Portrait explores the complexities of place, displacement and ideological differences associated with migrant experiences and marginalisation.

Curated by Eugenio Viola

20 October – 23 December

HyperPrometheus commemorates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through the lens of contemporary and biological arts. The exhibition features a set of international artists displaying work that challenges ideas of life and death, reanimation, future life, synthetic biology and the technological non-human.

Presented in partnership with SymbioticA, University of Western Australia (UWA), this exhibition is curated by Oron Catts, Laetitia Wilson and Eugenio Viola.

Olga Cironis
20 October – 23 December

Experimenting with layers of collected stories, muted voices and cultural heritage, Czech/Greek Australian artist Olga Cironis critiques our political, social and economic structures and articulates the experience of ‘otherness’.

This exhibition questions the meaning of public and private space as well as the social norms that can often guide our actions.

Curated by Eugenio Viola

Opening Nights

Hatched: National Graduate Show
18 May 2018
6:30pm – 8:30pm

KISS club
25 May

Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards)
7-9 & 12-16 June

Late July

Amalia Pica: please open hurry &
Khaled Sabsabi: A Self Portrait
3 August 2018
6:30pm – 8:30pm

HyperPrometheus &
Olga Cironis
19 October 2018
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Media Release

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Housed in a striking heritage building in the heart of Perth, Western Australia, PICA is the city’s focal point for those wishing to experience the best of Australian and international visual, performance and interdisciplinary art.

PICA is both a producing and presenting institution that runs a year-round program of curated exhibitions as well as seasons in contemporary dance, theatre, music and live-art and a range of interdisciplinary projects.



PICA’s ongoing programs are primarily supported by an investment from the State of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in association with Lotterywest and assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. PICA is also supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

PICA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia.

Burrbgaja Yalirra is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts – Indigenous Languages and Arts Program; the NSW State Government through Create NSW; the Departments of Culture and the Arts and Regional Development, Royalties for Regions and Country Arts WA.

In addition, PICA’s 2018 program has been generously supported by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Visions of Australia Program, the City of Perth, Wesfarmers Arts, Perth Festival, Dr Harold Schenberg Bequest, City Toyota, Grace, Dulux, and PICA’s passionate and invaluable donors.

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