RMIT School of Art will collaborate with dynamic Canadian Indigenous artists Jason Baerg and Michael Belmore through the international Artist in Residence (iAIR) program.
The iAIR program facilitates an annual Indigenous exchange residency between RMIT University and the University of Lethbridge in Canada, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Since its inception in 2011, the project has worked to highlight Indigenous culture and develop links with innovative cultural networks.
Baerg’s exhibition New Pangea is an abstract body of work that explores human life’s disconnected rapport to the environment as a result of misdirected desire.
Similarly, Belmore’s sculpture work considers the use of technology and how it has affected our relationship to the environment.
His sculpture pieces and material processes, made from bluestone and copper, investigates how our culture views landscape and sees nature as a commodity.
RMIT School of Art Gallery Administrator, Verity Hayward, said the iAIR program allows for local and international artists to contribute to contemporary art discourse.
“The iAIR program is intended to increase creative dialogue; fuelling global conversations and strengthening networks for artists,” Hayward said.
“We are humbled and thrilled to be welcoming both internationally-acclaimed artists back to Australia for this year’s residency.”
Hayward will also be co-curating a group exhibition, including Baerg’s work, at St Kilda’s Linden New Art entitled Tomorrow never dies (8 May – 12 July), exploring societal illusions that the world is abundant in existence.
What: Jason Baerg – New Pangea
When: Artist Talk on Thursday 28 May at 1.30pm
Where: RMIT Gossard Space, Building 49, Level 3, 67 Franklin St, Melbourne
What: Michael Belmore – Sculpture Exhibition
When: Friday 22 May – Tuesday 2 July
Where: RMIT Project Space/Spare Room Gallery, Building 49, Level 2, Room 1, 23-27 Cardigan St, Carlton