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David Attwood, Azimah Fada and School of Critical Arts

Open Studios

Open Studios

PICA welcomes artists from local and international locations as part of our expanded Residencies Program. Hear from Boorloo-based artist David Attwood about his Hyper Local Residency and Makassar-based artist Azimah Fada as part of BREEZE: Perth-Makassar Residency Exchange. Learn more about their research, practice and the development of their project as part of their residency at PICA in conversations facilitated by Rachel Cieśla, Lead Creative of the Simon Lee Foundation Institute of Contemporary Asian Art at The Art Gallery of Western Australia. 

Attwood and Fada will also be joined by the School of Critical Arts, a not-for-profit association from Boorloo that promotes critical approaches to ideas, art, and society in a friendly environment of enquiry, reflection, and debate.

With food and drink on us, it’s a chance to celebrate the vibrant arts ecology at PICA which brings together artists from all disciplines, providing space, time and support to create work, explore new ideas and experiment with their practice.

Hyper Local artist-in-residence David Attwood is developing a series of sculptures using domestic appliances. His work is informed by the ideas of Frances Gabe, an artist and inventor who spent much of her life exploring the possibilities of a self-cleaning house and the writing of Helen Hester, a theorist interested in post-work alternatives to housework. 

Azimah Fada is the inaugural exchange artist visiting PICA as part of BREEZE: Perth-Makassar Residency Exchange, which forges connections between WA and Makassan artists with a particular focus on the relationship between Aboriginal Australian and Makassan cultures since pre-colonisation. She will research the similarities in cultural musical instruments in Australia and Indonesia to examine the connection between music and storytelling.  

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About the Artist

David Attwood(b. 1990) lives in Boorloo/Perth. His practice produces sculptural assemblages using contemporary commodities, especially those associated with work culture and discourses of productivity, entrepreneurialism and maintenance. In 2016 he received a PhD from Curtin University, and in 2019 completed the SOMA Summer program, SOMA, Mexico City. His recent exhibitions include The Post New, Moore Contemporary, Perth (2023); A Commodity Is A Strange Thing, Cellar Door, Sydney (2022) and Dust Blaster, Savage Garden, Melbourne (2022). 

Alongside his studio practice, Attwood directs the independent project spaceDisneyland Paris. 

Andi NurAzimahor Azimah Fada(stage name) is a singer/songwriter, music producer, arranger and composer based in Makassar, Indonesia.She released her debut singlein 2021, marking the start of her career in the music industry.Azimah’smusic ischaracterisedby its emotional depth and vulnerability, which shines through in her poignantsongwriting. 

The School of Critical Arts (SCA) offers courses and evening lectures in art, philosophy, and culture & theory. Their focus is on small face-to-face classes, which allows for the critical discussion of ideas, artwork, and culture, as well as paying attention to everyday issues in order to help students to develop their thinking in collaboration with others. They also encourage students to read, write, make art, and speak publicly as a complement to their theoretical studies.

Rachel Cieśla is Lead Creative for the Simon Lee Foundation Institute of Contemporary Asian Art at The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Boorloo (Perth). She recently curated I have not loved (enough or worked) (2022) and BODIED (co-curated with Robert Cook in 2020); solo exhibitions by Anna Park (2024), Farah Al Qasimi (2023), Stanislava Pinchuk (2021) and Leyla Stevens (2021); and presented projects by Özgür Kar (2023), Wong Ping (2022) and Kawita Vatanajyankur (2022). 

She has published, among others, the work of Jack Ball, Šejla Kamerić and Maria Tumarkin. 


Supporters

PICA’s Residency Program is supported by PICA’s Art Ambassadors. 

BREEZE is a partnership between PICA, Rumata’ Artspace and Universitas Negeri Makassar. It is supported by Project Eleven, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and North Metropolitan TAFE.