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Curatorial Statement

John Fries Award 2018

2018 Finalists

Akil Ahamat Paul Greedy Rochelle Haley Laura Hindmarsh Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel Betty Muffler James Nguyen Emily Parsons-Lord Beyula Puntungka Napanangka Lisa Sammut Leyla Stevens Jelena Telecki

Curated by

Consuelo Cavaniglia

UNSW Galleries 29 September – 3 November 2018

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The John Fries Award supports and promotes early career artists from across Australia and New Zealand. Through the curatorial process of working closely over several months with the twelve finalists selected for 2018, ideas of time have repeatedly surfaced. Considerations of time are evident in the ideas that drive the work: from tracing personal histories and reflections on political events, to an engagement with time related to the cosmos and infinite space. In many of the works we see an engagement with time within the medium itself, evident in the strong presence of video and moving image work, the temporality of dance and the ephemerality of sound in conjunction to kinetic explorations. Time is by no means a theme of this year’s exhibition, but a consideration that has continued to surface. The very premise of the Award leads us to think about time in relation to art practice – the term ‘early career’ embeds a timeline into its definition, implying movement through sequential stages. The engagement with art practice though, seldom follows a linear flow. It starts, hesitates, doubles back, surges and pauses. The Award invites entrants to self-identify as ‘early career’. The varied background, age, professional history and experience across the group illustrates the elasticity required of the term (the same can be said of the terms: emerging, mid-career and established), and brings complexity to the voices heard in this year’s Award. 5

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John Fries Award 2018  

The John Fries Award is an annual $10,000 art prize recognising the talents of early career visual artists. The Award has established itself...

John Fries Award 2018  

The John Fries Award is an annual $10,000 art prize recognising the talents of early career visual artists. The Award has established itself...

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