Here is the schedule of talks, events and performances during our exhibition:
Mangroves from the water
Gordon Gallery, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
26 July – 15 August
The exhibition will provide viewers with a range of media to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. The artists also hope to see discussions occurring throughout the exhibition in a series of colloquia.
The artists are:
Alexis Gambis, Nicola Cerini, Enrico Santucci, Deb Taylor, Richard Collopy, Jacqui Dreessens, Stephanie Neville, Geraldine Chansard, Peter & Helen Martin, and Zahidah Zeytoun Millie.
The exhibition event will open on International Mangroves Day, 26 July, and end on 15 August 2020 during National Science Week (15-23 August). Workshops on weaving, printing and painting will run during the multimedia exhibition and guest speakers will present related talks on mangroves and the Barwon region.
|Oskar Serrano||Deakin University||Coastal wetlands as weapons for climate change mitigation and time capsules of the human past|
|15 Aug, 1100-1200||Peter Martin||Deakin University||For the Beauty of the Earth|
|Zahidah Zeytoun Millie||Kayaking/water colour sketching.||Barwon River, Barwon Heads
|Water colours, sketch book, kayak (self provided)|
|1 Aug, 1000-1600||Helen Martin||Eco printing||Point Lonsdale|
|Deb Taylor||2 hour collage
|Project Space Gallery|
8 Aug, 1400-6500
|Jacqueline Dreessens||Environmental Dance Interpretation||The Project Space Gallery
|Nicola Cerini||Interpreting the mangroves: printing on plywood||The School of Lost Arts|
|Live music||Project Space Gallery|
|Jacqueline Dreessens||Environmental Dance Interpretation||The Project Space Gallery|
I am happy to announce about the multimedia ‘Mangroves from the Water in Geelong’ exhibition to open on the Mangroves Day, 26 July, 2020 at the Gordon Gallery, Deakin University, Waterfront.
The Mangroves from the Water project members believe that through their art they can build awareness of the importance of protecting this important natural ecosystem.
Art has a power to inform any culture about ideas that matter.
The project members approach the theme with a fascinating range of media: painting, short film, textile, sculpture, performance dance, performance music and an art installation. The mangrove artists and our quest speakers will present a fascinating approach to celebrating the wonders of this unique habitat through art and science.
More information about the exhibition and artists involved to be announced by May 2020.
Do tune in to Masainakum Masoonah on 94.7FM The Pulse, where I will interview participating artists in July!
Zahidah Zeytoun Millie
Check out this amazing video made by Enrico Santucci, of the Mangrove Tree Planting Day that happened on the 18th February.
Please click this link:
Or watch it on Youtube:
Thanks to Enrico for the video, Rebecca Morris from the University of Melbourne, and the amazing volunteers who helped out on the day!
Photos courtesy of Jacqui Dreessens
It is always interesting to know how artists/performers derive at their final works. We thank Jacqui for giving us a glimpse into her creative process, translating the inspiration from the natural mangrove environment by using images and words and ultimately transforming it into a physical dance performance.
Writing poetry about the Ecology of Place is vital for Jacqui’s dance making process. To begin to describe her sense of place, Jacqui uses verbs, adverbs, adjectives and alliteration.
This helps to unpack her experience from being in and amongst the mangroves while floating in a kayak. These words become the launching pad for movement improvisations in the dance studio.
Jacqui develops the bodily shapes and movement transitions based on the mangroves, expressing her sensory experiences and memories through the physical bodily form.
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