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Vilma Bader exhibition "Tales from North and South"

We look forward to welcoming you at the opening of Vilma Bader's textile exhibition "Tales from North and South" on 30 January at 5 pm.

A meeting with the author (in English) on 3 February at 3 pm.

Made entirely from hand stitched textile, the focus of this exhibition is on two locations: Iceland and Australia. These works explore local histories, stories, rituals, memories and testimonies. They give us revealing insights into two distinct cultures, which in turn expand broader ideas around communities, cultural heritage, and other contemporary issues. While place specific, they have universal appeal. All pieces are handmade, unique in an increasingly mechanised and automated world where labour has lost all the expressiveness it used to have.

Vilma Bader is an Australian artist of Mauritian descent who lives and works on Gadigal and Muru-Ora-Dial Land. She completed a Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Arts) at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in 2013 on an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship. She also completed a Masters of Visual Arts (by research) in 2009, a Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours (First Class) in 2007, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006.

Vilma says: “A recurring theme in my work is how we see and understand our place in the world. Textile has become a main focus in my practice. My work with textile is entirely hand stitched. I like the egalitarian method of hand stitching and its connections to the domestic and the intimate. I approach textile as a ‘soft’ medium dealing with ‘tough’ issues and bringing ways of making that are outside of painting into painting”.

The exhibition runs until 2 March.