Public program

Contemporary Art Tasmania presents a range of public programs and special events developed to encourage debate, dialogue and thinking around contemporary art ideas and practice. The program can take the form of artist talks, discussion events, conferences, screenings, symposium, workshops and project specific events. Around 10 events are presented annually. These are often associated with the gallery program and are open to the public, artists and curators.

12-Jul-2019 - 12-Jul-2019

Shotgun 8: The Choreography of Cutting

Sally Smart

Sally Smart will discuss the most recent work in her The Choreography of Cutting series, titled The Violet Ballet, an installation work and a three channel moving image work, assemblage costumes and curtains, recently premiering for the Adelaide Festival, at ACE_Open. The Violet Ballet continues Sally Smart’s enduring fascination with the avant-garde dance company the Ballets Russes (1909-1929), known for its experimental choreography, costume and theatre design. Alongside its unique combination of art, fashion and staging, the Ballets Russes was also distinct in mixing modernity and orientalist. Another key element of Smart’s practice is her ongoing engagement with traditional Indonesian shadow puppet performances. This continues in The Violet Ballet and opens up trans-national ideas about identity politics and the relationships between the body, thought and cultural histories. Sally Smart is in Tasmania courtesy of Shotgun. Shotgun is a partnership project between DETACHED, Mona and Contemporary Art Tasmania.
Date: Friday 12 July 2019 // Time: 5.30 pm // Location: CAT // A FREE EVENT

Image: Sally Smart, The Violet Ballet installation view, 2019, Adelaide Festival, Ace _Open. Photo: Sam Roberts

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