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The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Film

George Gittoes
– What the World Needs Now

Discover the work of Australian artist and filmmaker and 2015 Sydney Peace Prize winner, George Gittoes, who examines the effects of injustice and global conflict.

MCA presents the Sydney premiere of Gittoes’ new documentary Snow Monkey (2015), produced out of the Yellow House in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. This is the third in a trilogy of films under the title of What the World Needs Now that also includes Love City, Jalalabad (2013) and Miscreants of Taliwood (2009), both also showing in this special, limited season of screenings.

A discussion with the artist and guests will follow the Sat 14 Nov screening at 2pm.

See below for the full schedule and description of each film

BIOGRAPHY

Conflict and brutality have formed the work of internationally renowned Australian artist George Gittoes (b. 1949), who this year is the recipient of the prestigious Sydney Peace Prize. Gittoes studied at the University of Sydney and in 1970 was a co-founder with Martin Sharp of the Yellow House Artist Collective in Sydney. Early on in his career Gittoes became interested in making art with a strong social and political statement, leading to the ongoing body of work that has since established his reputation. Through filmmaking, painting and performance art, Gittoes conveys the horror and impact of war and violence around the globe. He has worked in a variety of locations including Nicaragua, Somalia, Rwanda, and Bosnia. In recent years his work has especially centred on the Middle East and Central Asia, with repeated visits to Iraq and Afghanistan in particular.

In 2011, Gittoes established a new Yellow House with Hellen Rose, a multidisciplinary arts centre in Jalalabad, southern Afghanistan, which ‘provides a safe space where artists from all mediums meet, work and create independently of the destructive forces that not only threatens their physical lives but their inner spirit.’ Gittoes’ films, including three feature documentaries made over the past six years in Pakistan and Afghanistan, have been screened and acknowledged internationally. Gittoes has also exhibited widely, including retrospective exhibitions Witness to War at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, USA in 2011 and I Witness at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney in 2014. In 1997 he was awarded membership in the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the arts and international relations and in 2008 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of New South Wales. Gittoes’ celebrated feature film Soundtrack to War was presented in the 2005 MCA exhibition Interesting Times: Focus on contemporary Australian Art.

Screening and Talk Schedule

Thursday 12 November

Snow Monkey
6pm: Public Screening

Friday 13 November

Snow Monkey
1pm: Public Screening

Saturday 14 November

Snow Monkey
11am: Public Screening
2pm: Panel discussion

Sunday 15 November

Miscreants of Taliwood
11am: Public Screening
Love City Jalalabad
2pm: Public Screening

Thursday 19 November

Snow Monkey
6pm: Public Screening

Friday 20 November

Snow Monkey
1pm: Public Screening

Saturday 21 November

Love City Jalalabad
11am: Public Screening
Miscreants of Taliwood
2pm: Public Screening

Sunday 22 November

Miscreants of Taliwood
11am: Public Screening
Love City Jalalabad
2pm: Public Screening