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Bankstown Arts Centre has partnered with the Sydney Review of Books to showcase the work of emerging Western Sydney writers as part of Symbiosis: Bankstown Biennale 2020.
Alexandra Crosby & Ilaria Vanni, University of Technology Sydney/Mapping Edges Research Studio
Mapping Edges research studio guides city dwellers to discover and connect to the ecologies in their local areas. We achieve this through the design and development of community engagement experiences and resources founded on our expertise in design, cultural history, ethnography, visual communication and education.
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Alia Parker is a Sydney-based textile designer and researcher investigating the liminal space of the body and it's clothes. Her work 'See you in the Symbiocene,' introduces audiences to this proposed interspecies collectivity through microbial materials that are lively and actively unmaking textile waste.
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Alison Clouston & Boyd- Musician, composer and sound artist Boyd and visual artist Alison Clouston have collaborated over many years to create immersive sound and sculpture installations, for galleries and alternative sites, both inside and out inthe landscape.
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Bonita Ely- is an inter disciplinary artist whose practice deploys forensic research, visual poetics, open narratives, image and text, often addressing socio-political and environmental issues - for the Bankstown Biennale, a journey down the Cooks River. Living for twenty years near the river, she is acutely aware of its anthropomorphised degradation from a pristine homeland and source of sustenance to a toxic industrial /agricultural soup, a plastic polluted storm water drain, to a dearly loved riparian environment needing our care and restoration.
More of Bonita's work can be seen here:
Photo: Bruno Panucci
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Photo: Saskia Wilson
Jason Wing- Jason questions our understanding of history and of our current socio-political reality, Wing holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Wing’s work is held in both private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra;. Wing's first monograph was published by Artspace 2014. He was recently selected in the Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, NSW, 2017.
You can find Jason on Instagram
Photo: Alex Wisser
Joan Ross- Joan Ross is an artist working across all art platforms, in particular video animation, print, sculpture and installation. Her work reconfigures the Colonial Australian Landscape, drawing specific attention to first contact and the complex issues surrounding this that still are evident in Australia today.
Instagram @wecallthisatree More of Joan's work can be seen here:
joanross.com.au Photo: Zan Wimberely
Lleah Smith is a pedagogical practitioner. At the core of Leah's practice is a keen interest in collaboration and knowledge exchange where learning is the medium, the artwork and the education.
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Machiko Motoi is a multimedia artist. Her work will use clay sourced from Bankstown to illustrate that the raw Earth, in its fragility, its strength and its possibilities.
Photo: Boomalli Artist Co-op
Martyn Reyes is a Filipino-Australian writer, working on Gadigal land. He holds a BA in Communication (Journalism) from the University of Technology, Sydney. Martyn explores various intersections of identity in the form of creative nonfiction. His work can be found in SBS Voices, Peril Magazine, LIMINAL Magazine and more.
Nadia Hirst is a Sydney-based writer whose work revolves around themes of historical revisionism and challenging dominant cultural narratives. She is currently studying International Studies and Journalism at the University of New South Wales, which has cultivated her interest in exploring the various intersections between academic theories and lived experiences. Her work has been published in Tharunka and Junkee.
Nicole Monks- is a trans-disciplinary artist of Yamatji Wajarri, Dutch and English heritage. Living and practicing in Redfern, Monks is informed by her cross-cultural identity and her work takes its focus from storytelling, as a way to connect the past with the present and future.
More of Nicole's work can be seen here:
Photo: Dan Boud
Sarah Anstee is an aspiring visual artist from Western Sydney. Through interviews and charcoal drawings, Sarah's work will draw attention to individual efforts to address the environment, local community and community practices.
More of Sarah's work can be seen here:
Photo: Simon Bennett
Springett is a sound and installation artist and lecturer at Macquarie University. Her work, along with Alessandro, will playfully transform the Incubate Artists Studios by planting and growing seedlings. The project hopes to communicate in a humorous and playful way, the importance of how precious plants are to our survival and let people slow down and appreciate plant life
Alessandro Berini is an art installer and curator. His work is often in collaboration with Selina Springett, under the moniker Atelier 23.
Photo: Damian Shaw
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