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Exhibition

Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov

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Exhibition

Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

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Workshop

Art Safari

27 Oct, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Special Event

ARTBAR October 2017

27 Oct, 7.00pm, MCA

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Talk

Keynote lecture by Pipilotti Rist

05 Nov, 1.00pm, Level 6: Harbourside Room

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Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Laura Hindmarsh

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The Many Guises of Jenny Watson

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MCA Collection

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Women of Fairfield

7 OCTOBER – 8 OCTOBER 2016
FAIRFIELD

Women of Fairfield

Zoe Scoglio, In The Round, 2016, performance documentation, Fairfield, NSW, co-commissioned by C3West on behalf of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield, and the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), image courtesy and © the artist

Over two nights, four art projects by leading contemporary artists in collaboration with over 100 local women and 12 local women’s community organisations were presented in public spaces in Fairfield City, exploring how women navigate and experience these environments.

Women of Fairfield was a collaboration between Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield (PYT), NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) through its C3West program. It was supported by Fairfield City Council, Raine & Horne Cabramatta and Fairfield Chase. Women of Fairfield was co-curated by Karen Therese (Artistic Director, PYT) and Anne Loxley (Senior Curator, C3West), and facilitated by Jiva Parthipan (Director of Community Cultural Development, STARTTS)

Each artist worked with the diverse communities of Fairfield to create artworks which celebrated and reflected on the experiences of women, both locally and internationally. The project explored and embraced the complexities of being a woman in Fairfield – a community that experiences profound religious, cultural and social differences. Women of Fairfield was the first contemporary public art project of this nature in Fairfield.

As visitors experienced the program of artworks, they were encouraged to sample Fairfield’s extraordinary restaurants, bakeries and grocers.

Women of Fairfield artists

Women of Fairfield artists, left to right: Kate Blackmore, Jade Muratore, Claudia Nicholson, Nat Randall, Emily O’Connor, Maria Tran, and Zoe Scoglio, photograph: Anna Kučera

VIDEO: Women of Fairfield

Fairfield’s streets came alive with Assyrian wedding dancers, while cars decorated by Khmer, Iraqi and Aboriginal women did laps blaring music. South and Central American performers sang and danced in a food court, disrupting a polychromatic sawdust carpet, as martial artists took over a carpark to an explosive soundtrack. Each artist worked with local women to explore the complexities of navigating public space and cultural identity in Fairfield. The project artists were Kate Blackmore, Hissy Fit & Maria Tran, Claudia and Zoe Scoglio. It was co-commissioned by C3West (MCA), Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield, and STARTTS.

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