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Spaced 2: future recall tour

Published: Thursday, 10 May 2018 at 8:55:00 AM


A postcard from Pia Lanzinger's project 'Geraldton Goes Wajarri'. Image courtesy of the artist.

Crossing the boundaries of art, history and community, spaced 2: future recall invites you to rediscover regional Western Australia from the viewpoint of 14 acclaimed international and Australian contemporary artists.

Spaced 2: future recall is an international group exhibition that showcases the artistic, cultural and social ocomes of the second edition of spaced, a recurring international event of socially engaged art. The exhibition draws together works made by Australian and overseas artists who lived and worked for extended periods in Western Australian rural and remote communities throughout 2013-14, developing new works based on an engagement with local residents, histories and landscapes.

Presented in partnership with the Western Australian Museum, spaced 2: future recall explores the idea of collective memory, as the source of competing narratives through which communities create new visions of their present and future.

We are delighted to host Berlin based artist, Pia Lanzinger, who chose Geraldton and came for the first time in 2013. During her stay, she focused her research on Wajarri, which despite being the most commonly spoken Aboriginal language in the Midwest of Western Australia, has less than 50 fluent speakers remaining.

The project 'Geraldton goes Wajarri' was designed to provide a forum for the conservation of this language by smuggling Wajarri into the public spaces of the City of Greater Geraldton in a way that is both playful and enjoyable. Instead of obligating people to engage with Wajarri, this project made people aware of how beautiful the language is and how it breathes life into the fascinating culture that was created of this land.

Participating artists: Michael Bullock (VIC), Erin Coates & Anna Nazzari (WA), Archana Hande (India), Lily Hibberd (VIC), Jay Koh (Singapore/Germany), Pia Lanzinger (Germany), Maddie Leach (New Zealand), Tea Mäkipää (Finland), Daphne Major (The Netherlands), John Mateer (WA), Daniel Peltz (USA), Ruben Santiago (Spain). Monika Thomas (WA). 
Participating communities: Albany, Bangalore, Cervantes, Cocos Islands/Katanning, Derby, Esperance, Geraldton, Karratha, Laverton, Mandurah, Tom Price, Western desert communities.

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