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Blown Away is open from Friday 22 April - the opening event is Saturday 30 April 6-8pm

Blown Away - Reflections on the Casualties of War

Open 11am - 5pm Fri - Sun, 22 April - 8 May 
Opening event 6-8pm Saturday 30 April
The exhibition is to be opened by Nick Vickers

This is a Head On event



Blown Away is a collection of art works that deal with issues particularly urgent for today. Encompassing photography, sculpture, drawing and installation, the works in this exhibition are a collaborative project by two artists, Vivienne Dadour and Liz Ashburn. Here they reconsider the well known facts surrounding the US bombing of Laos in 1964 to 1973, and the continuing carnage in the Middle East. These actions are not hidden as they have been reported in the media, but their very notoriety obscures and obliterates the individual tragedies and cultural displacement that are part of the reality of past and present, war and conflict in these regions. The artists’ engagement in focusing on such events aligns with the political sub-texts often found in their previous artwork. Documentation of what may have been obliterated, ignored, hidden or obscured provides the continuing ideological basis of their collaboration. 

Blown Away continues their concerns over the failure to recognize the humanity of others, the indifference to the rights of civilians in situations of armed conflict and the reliance on aggressive solutions in preference to negotiation. The actions and influence of the producers of munitions, bombs and landmines in continuing the industrial slaughter begun in World War 1 is indefensible as these products result in blighted lives, displacement, mental illness and the destruction of many cultural and artistic endeavours.

Blown Away makes visible what becomes evaporated in war — truth, life and culture.  They have deliberately chosen to exhibit over the Anzac period as this time of meditation on conflict seems to invite both reconsideration of the past and renew a desire for a future where there is peace.

Vivienne Dadour -Meeting Place (installation detail) 2016 Archival digital prints, artifacts, paint, string. dimensions variable
In Meeting Place and My Grandpapa and Uncles Used To Be Soldiers Vivienne Dadour connects the paradox between the gentle culture of Laos people and the “secret battlefields” of the Vietnam War. Between 1964-1973 the US Air Force dropped more than 2 million tons of ordnance on Laos for the general purpose of killing and exterminating civilians in order to prevent the entry of arms into Vietnam.

Liz Ashburn- IED (Improvised Explosive Device) with Butterfly Bombs (installation detail) 2016, ceramic artillery shells rewired to become landmines, ceramics, acrylic and electrical wires. dimensions variable.

In Iraq Suite Liz Ashburn places the richness of Muslim decorative traditions in contrast to the imagery provided by Western mass media about the armed conflict in the Middle East. Know Your Landmine! introduces the use of landmines, which kill 15,00 t0 20,000 people every year and cost the people they were used against, US$3 -15 to produce and US$300 - 1,000 to remove. 


2016 SYDNEY ARI SHOW - discussion and works

Maria Miranda speaking with ARI directors at the Sunday ARI discussion

Foreground: Mahalya Middlemist (MAP)

Linden Braye (Articulate)

Gary Warner (Articulate)

Lynne Eastaway (SNO)

Louise Kate Anderson (BIG FAG PRESS)

Diego Bonetto & Mirra Whale (BIG FAG PRESS)

Wayne Hutchins (Ultimo)

L-R: Ingrid van der Aa (NORTH), Sue Pedley (Ultimo), Brad Allen-Waters (MAP)

Penelope Cain (SAFARI)

John Demos (BIG FAG PRESS)

 Logan Brunt, Lucas Ihlein, Kim Williams, John Demos (BIG FAG PRESS)

Therese Kenyon (ULTIMO PROJECT)
Miriam Williamson (MAP)

Sherryl Ryan (CULTURE AT WORK)

Tamsin Salehian (NORTH)

Fleur Wiber (NORTH)

Julian Day (SAFARI)

L: Kieran Butler (MOP)

Alex Thorby (NORTH)

Jenny Brown (Articulate)

John Demos (BIG FAG PRESS)


2016 SYDNEY ARI SHOW opening last night + Sunday ARI discussion tomorrow

Images below are from the opening last night showing work by  Wayne Hutchins, Therese Kenyon and Sue Pedley (ULTIMO PROJECT), Lynne Eastaway (SNO), Penelope Cain and Julian Day (SAFARI), Alex Thorby, Tamsin Salehian, Fleur Wiber and Ingrid van der Aa (NORTH), Kieran Butler (MOP) Brad Allen-Waters, Mahalya Middlemist and Miriam Williamson (MAP) Sherryl Ryan (CULTURE AT WORK) Louise Kate Anderson, Diego Bonetto, Logan Brunt, John Demos, Lucas Ihlein and Kim Williams (BIG FAG PRESS) and Jenny Brown, Linden Braye and Gary Warner (ARTICULATE).


Also come along to the ARI discussion & future ARI planning tomorrow,  Sunday 3 April 2-5pm - directors and reps of all Sydney ARIs are welcome to participate. Guest Speaker: Maria Miranda, DECRA Research Fellow @ Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and author of Small is beautiful: artist-run collectives count, but they’re facing death by a thousand cuts.

Alex Thorby Implosion 1 and 2 2016

Jenny Brown Always mind the bullocks 2016

L: Therese Kenyon Infrastructure.. 2016; R: Sherryl Ryan Tree modified ... 2016


Front: Gary Warner the social lamella phone; back:Lynne Eastaway Rough Yellow #1

Wayne Hutchins 70 Short stories #1 2015

artwork: Miriam Williamson The Polka geists

 Photos Sue Callanan / Jenny Brown