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.

Always was, always will be.

Our foyer is open today 10am–5pm. Our exhibitions are always free.

Summer Exhibition Opening

Summer Exhibition Opening

PICA and Perth Festival invite you to the opening of We hold you close, Katie West and Monumental, Amrita Hepi.

Join us for a Welcome to Country by Whadjuk Balardong Noongar woman Ingrid Cumming, an opening address by Perth Festival Artistic Director Iain Grandage and a special musical performance.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITIONS

We hold you close by Katie West

Drawing together textiles, sound, and video, York-based Yindjibarndi artist Katie West presents We hold you closeWest’s immersive exhibition invites us to reconsider our relationship with the natural environment and each other. Get comfortable as you sit amidst suspended textile works and join others in making twisted string from re-purposed fabric. Immerse yourself in a soundscape recorded by Josten Myburgh and scored by West’s long-time collaborator, composer Simon Charles. The soundscape incorporates string instrumentation by musicians Djuna Lee and Jameson Feakes, and is a response to the movement and patterns of making string by hand. We Hold You Close is curated by WA born, Rotterdam based curator Eloise Sweetman.

Monumental by Amrita Hepi

Presented in Perth for the first time and created by Bunjalung/Ngapuhi artist and choreographer Amrita Hepi, Monumental presents a video installation that casts a central colonial figure within a continual sunrise… or is it a sunset? This central figure is serenaded by a group of dancers, Hepi among them, and then eventually toppled and replaced. In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests and renewed calls for the removal of inherited monuments that symbolise colonialism and its ongoing legacies, Monumental offers a charged meditation on the tradition of building monuments, questioning who and what gets memorialised.

Exhibitions run from 20 February 2022 to 24 April 2022 and are presented in association with Perth Festival.

About the Artists

Amrita Hepi (b.1989, Townsville of Bundjulung/​Ngapuhi territories) is an award winning artist and choreographer. Hepi is a Gertrude Contemporary artist in residence (2020 – 2022) and is working with Kaldor projects/​Serpentine Galleries as a participating DOit artist. Recently she was commissioned by ACCA to make Neighbour, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales to make ~ CASS ~. In 2019 she was a commissioned artist for The National 2019: New Australian Art and the recipient of the DanceWEB scholarship. In 2018 and 2020, she was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award for the Keir Choreographic Award.

Hepi’s work has been presented and performed in museums, galleries and festivals, including Carriageworks, Sydney; Sydney Opera House; Immigration Museum, Melbourne; 4A, Sydney; The Menil Collection, Houston; Art Central, Hong Kong; Dark MOFO, Hobart; Theatre Challoit, Paris; Tanz Im August, Berlin; WOMADelaide, Adelaide; ACCA with Next Wave Festival for Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts.

Katie West (b. 1988) belongs to the Yindjibarndi people of the Pilbara tablelands in Western Australia. The process and notion of naturally dyeing fabric underpin her practice – the rhythm of walking, gathering, bundling, boiling up water and infusing materials with plant matter. In 2017 West completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, graduating as the Dominik Mersch Gallery Award recipient and the Falls Creek Resort Indigenous Award. Exhibitions and commissions include Decolonist, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne; Radical Ecologies, PICA, Perth; Roll on, Roll on, Phenomena (until you are no more), curated by Eloise Sweetman, Jan van Eyck Academy, The Netherlands; Warna (ground), Caves Gallery, Melbourne; wilayi bangarrii, wanyaarri (go for a walk, listen), Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney NSW; Installation Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary 2019, Carriageworks, Sydney NSW; Clearing, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville. West also shares a collaborative project with artist and writer Fayen d’Evie entitled Museum Incognita. www.katiewularniwest.com


Supporters

Presented in association with the Perth Festival.
Supported by Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts.

Monumental was commissioned by and exhibited at Gertrude Contemporary in 2021, with support from the Australia Council.

Image: Katie West. Photographer: Ryan Sandilands.