trans/portable Curated by Gina Fairley : Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, David Griggs, Juni Salvador, Tony Twigg and Ian Fairweather
With its title trans/portable, this exhibition explores how culture is transported beyond cartographic or physical boundaries. To navigate this concept, Australian curator Gina Fairley has turned to a group of artists who live between and across the Philippines and Australia: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, David Griggs, Juni Salvador, Tony Twigg, and the recreation of a historical painting by the late master Ian Fairweather, who lived in the Philippines during the 1930s before making Australia his home.
For these artists, ideas such as ‘place’ and ‘identity’ are of less concern than the intuitive flow of ideas that come from the movement between places. Largely presented in an installation format, these newly commissioned artworks explore how painting and drawing shift across locations, from the physical passage of the tangible object to questioning how ideas and histories are carried and rewritten, responding to different criteria and value constructs. It is a probing exhibition that throws up fresh thoughts on how we define histories, identity, and movement in our times.