Amri­ta Hepi | Plan­e­tary Gestures

Plan­e­tary Ges­tures

26 Sep­tem­ber – 3 Novem­ber 2023
Walk­er Street Gallery and Art Centre

Plan­e­tary Ges­tures is an exhi­bi­tion devised to explore ideas sur­round­ing eco­log­i­cal sys­tems, ancient knowl­edge, celes­tial blue­prints and tidal move­ments across the land, sea and sky known as Aus­trala­sia, part of the wider Asia-Pacif­ic and the Great Ocean’. This frame­work brings togeth­er a range of artists who think deeply about alter­na­tive geo­gra­phies; pay­ing respect to the cul­tur­al con­tin­u­um and envi­sion­ing a future, not only equipped with this knowl­edge but also active­ly enact­ing it.

In her 2003 text, Death of a Dis­ci­pline, the­o­rist Gay­a­tri Chakra­vorty Spi­vak put for­ward the propo­si­tion, Can we imag­ine our­selves as plan­e­tary sub­jects rather than glob­al agents, plan­e­tary crea­tures rather than glob­al enti­ties?” Tak­ing this per­spec­tive as a start­ing point, Plan­e­tary Ges­tures aims to open spaces of respect and respon­si­bil­i­ty for the unique dif­fer­ences and oth­er­ness of plan­e­tary sub­jects, human and non­hu­man, a par­tic­u­lar­ly rel­e­vant and urgent cause to explore in our post-pan­dem­ic con­text today.

Cycles of move­ment and time will be explored by local and inter­na­tion­al artists in a group exhi­bi­tion and pub­li­ca­tion includ­ing Amri­ta Hepi, Susie Losch, Raqs Media Col­lec­tive, Rirkrit Tira­vani­ja, Jim­my John Thai­day and Trevor Yeung. Togeth­er, these artists direct us towards where the sea meets the sun; and dare us to imag­ine a future deeply respect­ful for the mul­ti­plic­i­ty of per­spec­tives derived from the many cus­to­di­ans of the plan­et.

Plan­e­tary Ges­tures is a North­Site Con­tem­po­rary Arts exhi­bi­tion, curat­ed by Tess Maun­der

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