The artist-in-residence: beyond just being there: IASKA's Spaced: Art out of Place
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This is a review of IASKA's inaugural Spaced exhibition, which drew on 21 Artist in Residence programs undertaken over a two-year period by artists and collectives, both Australian and from overseas and a weekend symposium, which sought to tease out some of the ideas, paradoxes and conundrums around ‘socially engaged practice,’ and to reflect on the processes of interaction between artists and communities. The exhibition and symposium took place at the Fremantle Arts Centre in Western Australia as part of the Perth International Arts Festival.
The ecology is fragile and geological features are often dwarfed by the immensity of space and sky. It is spectacular, rather than picturesque, excepting the scenic and temperate southwest corner. It’s not surprising that questions of space, place and identity are often at the forefront of artistic concern here. The downside of this preoccupation is the potential for a dreary form of parochialism. The upside is clearly visible in a project like IASKA’s inaugural Spaced exhibition, which draws on 21 Artist in Residence programs undertaken over a two-year period by artists and collectives, both Australian and from overseas.