Contemplating the sacred in contemporary art

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wednesday 18 September


Parramatta Artists’ studios

Panel FREE/Dinner $25

Ritual and Reverence: Contemplating the sacred in contemporary art

Sacredness, ritual, spirituality – what do these words mean in contemporary art? Artists Jonathan Jones, Angela Tiatia and Marikit Santiago discuss the notion of the “sacred” and its complexities through their contemporary artistic practices. Moderated by Tian Zhang.

The panel discussion will be followed by a dinner with the artists. Join Jonathan Jones, Angela Tiatia and Marikit Santiago in an intimate dinner at Parramatta’s favourite Malaysian restaurant Temasek for a Malaysian feast.

6-7.30PM: Panel discussion, free. Limited capacity, bookings essential.

7.45-9PM: Dinner with the artists, $25 (excluding drinks). Limited capacity, bookings essential.

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Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones is a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia. Jonathan is known for his evocative site specific installations, sculptures and public artworks that explore Indigenous practices and cultural loss. His work has been exhibited in over 60 major international and Australian cultural institution, and has been acquired by numerous organisations; including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Angela Tiatia

Working across a range of disciplines, Angela Tiatia explores contemporary culture in relation to gender, neo-colonialism, and the commodification of the body and place. Angela often uses her own body to critique history and popular culture. Angela’s work has been included in a number of important cultural institutions and exhibitions such as the National Museum of Singapore, the 57th Venice Biennial and the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.

Marikit Santiago

Living and working out of Western Sydney, Marikit Santiago’s work investigates the plurality of her Filipino ethnicity and Australian nationality. Often working with painting, she articulates conflicting sensations of acceptance, rejection and displacement. She has exhibited at a number of notable institutions, including Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Firstdraft, Verge Gallery and Blacktown Arts Centre. Marikit was a studio resident at the Parramatta Artists’ Studios in 2017.

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Image: Angela Tiatia, Walking the Wall (2014)