Ikon is delighted to be part of a major new cultural exchange between Australia and the United Kingdom (UK), celebrating each nation’s diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors.
A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, the UK/Australia Season is a unique artistic programme of more than 200 live and digital events, marking the largest ever cultural exchange between the two nations.
Made in Birmingham/Made in Sydney
March – June 2022
Online, Ikon and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Made in Birmingham/Made in Sydney is a ground-breaking digital collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Sydney and Ikon. The project invites Fijian-Australian artist Salote Tawale and British-Afghan artist Osman Yousefzada to explore questions of identity and belonging in contemporary Australia and Britain through two new video artworks. The project features recorded performance, original moving image works and video developed by the two artists. Both artists, chosen by Rachel Kent, Chief Curator, MCA Australia and Jonathan Watkins, Director, Ikon, have multidisciplinary practices that explore the migrant experience, identity and outsider culture. Two separate works will be created for presentation in a video format, as well as live activations to be announced.
Salote Tawale surrounded by her paintings, 2021. Photograph: Duncan Wright.
Osman Yousefzada in his Ikon exhibition Being Somewhere Else, 2018. Photograph: James Latunji-Cockbill.