Opens Wednesday 09 May 6pm–8pm
I am an artist / I am not an artist
Josee Vesely-Manning & Michael Needham
This exhibition reveals some of the outcomes of Michael Needham and Josee Vesely- Manning’s work at an inner city Melbourne housing estate over six weeks. By erecting a small makeshift stall we were interested in exploring themes of social inclusion, ethnicity, displacement, gentrification and notions of community in the context of public housing.
Not surprisingly, the outcomes were often unexpected and raised more self-referential questions of artist as ethnographer, the artist as a site of privilege or subversion and the sometimes banal, frequently humorous and often awkward encounters associated with this process.
For this exhibition we present some of our “interventions” which include transcribed conversations, photographs, film, sound, decoration, sewn banners, light and shiny things.