At PICA we recognise that we are situated within the unceded lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We pay our respects and offer our gratitude to Elders past and present, and to those emerging leaders in the community. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the importance of their care and continued connection to culture, community and Country.

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2021 Spring Exhibitions Opening

2021 Spring Exhibitions Opening

Join us as we both welcome and celebrate the opening of PICA’s 2021 spring exhibitions.
Sky Cave by Amy Perejuan Capone is a solo exhibition that was conceived for the central gallery space at PICA. This new body of work includes sculpture, video and installation, using the dramatic height of the gallery for the presentation of historical hang gliders. Sky Cave continues Perejuan-Capone’s excavations of the family archives documenting an ever-present pursuit of flight. Recent projects have developed through collaboration with her father, an amateur aviator for nearly 50 years. Sky Cave builds on her parents’ pioneering contribution to the sport to examine the complexity of family narratives and relationship to place, and the transference of skill, memory and points of connection across generations.
Coming Home by Alex Martinis Roe is a solo exhibition presenting a new body of work by Alex Martinis Roe, along with her film Bliss Techniques (2018). Through film and archival material, Coming Home explores the legacy of the kinship practices that began in the Australian Women’s Liberation and Gay & Lesbian Liberation movements in a small community in Adelaide, Australia called JAFL – the Jewish Adelaide Feminist Lesbians.
The opening celebrations will feature a Welcome to Country by Noongar elder Vaughn McGuire, and speeches by PICA Director Amy Barrett-Lennard & PICA Board Member Susanna Castleden.
Auslan interpreters will be provided by Auslan Stage Left.
Sky Cave and Coming Home are open to the public from 22 October 2021 – 9 January 2022.

About the Artist

Salote Tawale was born in Suva, Fiji Islands and grew up in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and is currently based in Sydney, NSW. From the perspective of her translocated Indigenous Fijian and Anglo-Australian heritage, Tawale explores the identity of the individual within collective systems. Examining through self-performance, Tawale draws on personal experiences of race, class, ethnicity and gender formed by growing up in suburban Australia.

Tawale completed an undergraduate degree in Media Arts and Masters of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne and a Masters of Fine art and Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Tawale has exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; Spring Workshop in Hong Kong for Para Site gallery; at ICAN in Jogakata Indonesia. Tawale undertook an Indigenous Visual and Digital residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta Canada and received the Inaugural 2017 Create NSW Visual Arts Midcareer/Established Fellowship. Tawale recently undertook the Australia Council for the Arts six-month residency at Acme, London, focussing on colonial archives; Fijian Objects, imagery and written records.


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, assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. PICA is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. PICA’s opening events, public programs, family and learning programs and studio residencies are supported by our Community Engagement Partner City of Perth.

Image: Salote Tawale, found materials. Photo: Ed Avery.