Corresponding Latitudes

Lord, Anne (2004) Corresponding Latitudes.

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Abstract

Cultural exchanges are based on encounters and through these encounters the exchange of dialogue can lead to discovery, contemplation and an awareness of layered perspectives. Language largely determines our sense of identity, of who we are. When we are in another country our sense of identity can be shaken, we are not who we thought we were when we are out of our familiar home environment, surrounded by family and friends. Corresponding Latitudes has developed a foundation on which artistic and cultural associations can be further cultivated between the two countries.

Research Statement

Research Background Curators and arts workers have assisted the exchange of exhibitions and residencies across countries significantly in the last 60 years. Melissa Waters, a candidate in the Masters of Creative Arts at JCU Cairns curated the exhibition Corresponding Latitudes. The catalogue was published by KickArts Gallery, Cairns. Waters has a background in working with communities from South East Asia and invited 14 artists, eight from India and six from Australia to respond to the curatorial rationale and requested that artists use their experiences as people concerned with place, and working in their respective latitude.
Research Contribution The artists including Lord worked on issues of their own place. In my case it was to respond to issues of environment and devastation in eroded landscapes. I used the metaphor of eroded icons from SE Asia such as Buddhist figurines recast in plaster. These and photographic images of icons laid on the gallery floor over plastic with drawings of dry rivers from north west Queensland, and sand from Cairns, represented the melding of these concerns across the two latitudes.
Research Significance Communication between the artists and curators developed in 2004 and 2005 for this exhibition and exchange. This included the time of the Tsunami on western coastlines of India. The process incorporated visual and textual responses to social and environmental upheaval.
Item ID: 5044
Media of Output: mixed
Show/Exhibition: Corresponding Latitudes
Cairns, QLD, Australia
13 December 2004 - 13 January 2005
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Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2009 03:47
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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