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Agatha Gothe-Snape
IT IS THE COLOUR OF AN IDEA THAT WILL NOT COMPLETE ITSELF IN OUR LIFETIME 

Agatha Gothe-Snape – IT IS THE COLOUR OF AN IDEA THAT WILL NOT COMPLETE ITSELF IN OUR LIFETIME 

With the Perth Cultural Centre (PCC) redevelopment commencing in 2024, PICA has temporarily relocated its foyer from James Street to the western façade and its Performance Space. Inaugurating this new entrance is a major new commission by artist Agatha Gothe-Snape.  

Known for her distinct methodologies for mediating space and our relationships to it, Gothe-Snape brings the full force of her conceptual and formal rigour to this new threshold to address notions of space, site and hospitality. Gothe-Snape has been working with PICA staff, the organisation’s archives, previous program participants and the architecture to spatialise the new foyer as ‘a site of function, relation and history, creating a distinct environment of colour, form and expectation; a place of both conviviality and transition.’ 

In conceiving the new foyer, Gothe-Snape has used ‘colour as a bridge through time’, gleaning, gathering, rearranging and performing fragmentary remembrances, images, words and impressions from various moments in PICA’s early history. In particular, she ruminates on key works presented between 1988 and 1991. Of particular interest is A Spacious Central Location (1990) curated by John Barrett-Lennard, a landmark exhibition that addressed PICA’s geographical site in the Perth Cultural Centre and its role as a forum for the critical presentation of contemporary cultural practice. 

Twenty-five years later, PICA’s history – experienced through Gothe-Snape’s embodied, interpersonal, and conceptual practice – is re-read. This commission makes use of the PCC redevelopment to create an important opportunity to consider the history of PICA, its relations with artists and the community of Perth, and address the building and its placement on Whadjuk Noongar Country. It’s a moment to reorientate, let the light into previously darkened spaces, and welcome people into PICA through a new doorway. 

About the Artist

Agatha Gothe-Snape is an artist based in Sydney. Her multi-faceted practice engages with the politics and poetics of language and other embodied knowledges, and works through art and architecture and other histories. Gothe-Snape’s performance and object-based work is devised utilising strategies of improvisation and collaboration. In her text-based work Gothe-Snape finds short cuts through complexity to arrive at slippages that unite emotional impact with conceptual rigour.

Agatha Gothe-Snape: The Outcome is Certain was a major survey exhibition of Gothe-Snape’s work at Monash University Museum of Art (2020). Other presentations include Agatha Gothe-Snape – Trying to find comfort in an uncomfortable chair with the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2019) and Oh Window at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2017). Gothe-Snape has exhibited in major biennales including The National: New Australian Art (2021, 2019, 2017) and Gwangju Biennale (2018). 

Agatha Gothe-Snape is represented by The Commercial, Sydney.


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Image: Agatha Gothe-Snape, IT IS THE COLOUR OF AN IDEA THAT WILL NOT COMPLETE ITSELF IN OUR LIFETIME, PowerPoint slide exported as jpeg, 2023, image courtesy the artist and The Commercial, Sydney