After the Fall: A Panel on Making Art About World War Two History


After the Fall: A Panel on Making Art About World War Two History

Speakers: Angela Tiatia, Debbie Ding, Anthea Gunn and Kathleen Ditzig
with a Q&A session moderated by Ryan Johnston
National Museum of Singapore

Gallery Theatre, Basement Level

An artist residency programme is built on hospitality. It begins with an invitation. It receives, welcomes and brings people and objects together in the spirit of creative production and friendship. The first Australia-Singapore Joint Artist Residency exchange programme, a partnership between the Australian War Memorial and the National Museum of Singapore is no different in this respect - but it was more than just that. Moreover, it was unique in that it called for the generosity of sharing ‘histories’. Beyond responding to a shared history, it called for the artists to share the process of historical research and produce artwork from a shared experience.

This panel, which brings together the artists and curators behind After the Fall: Artworks by Angela Tiatia and Debbie Ding, presents a behind-the-scenes perspective of the production of the artworks alongside reflections by the curators on the historical legacies of cultural exchange that arise from Australia and Singapore’s experience of WWII. Moderated by Ryan Johnston, Head of Art, Australian War Memorial, the panel will address the contemporary importance of memory, of shared experiences and of art based on shared histories.

Speaker Bios

Mr Ryan Johnston, Head of Art, Australian War Memorial
Ryan Johnston was appointed Head of Art at the Australian War Memorial in October 2012. Before joining the Memorial he was Acting Director of the Shepparton Art Museum, where he oversaw a major redevelopment of the Museum and its subsequent re-launch. Ryan has also worked as a lecturer in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne. His research has been published in local and international journals including The Australian and New Zealand journal of art, The journal of surrealism and the Americas, and Broadsheet, and recognised with several awards, including a Yale University Fellowship. Ryan was also a founding editor of emaj, Australia’s first online refereed journal of art history, and he is a current member of the Boards of Canberra Contemporary Art Space and Canberra Youth Theatre.

Dr Anthea Gunn, Acting Senior Curator of Art, Australian War Memorial
Dr Anthea Gunn was appointed Curator of Art at the Australian War Memorial in January 2014. She has worked as a social history curator at the National Museum of Australia (2008-13) and has published in the Journal of Australian Studies, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Museum and Eyeline magazines, the Canberra Times and The Conversation, amongst others. She has worked on exhibitions including the Landmarks gallery and Glorious Days: Australia 1913 at the NMA and the online exhibition Art of Nation at the AWM. She has managed numerous contemporary art commissions for the Memorial.

Angela Tiatia, Artist
Angela Tiatia lives and works in Sydney. As a multimedia artist, she explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place, often through the lenses of history and popular culture. Her exhibitions include Countercurrents, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art (2017), Soft Power, Alaska Projects, Sydney (2016); Art of the Pacific at the National Gallery of Victoria (2015); Eighth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2015/2016) at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Her works are held in the collections of NGV, QAGOMA and private collectors.

Debbie Ding, Artist
Debbie Ding is a visual artist and technologist working in Singapore. She reworks and reappropriates formal, qualitative approaches to collecting, labelling, organising, and interpreting assemblages of information – using this to open up possibilities for alternative constructions of knowledge.

Kathleen Ditzig, Assistant Curator and Manager, Curatorial and Programmes/National Museum of Singapore
Kathleen Ditzig develops special exhibitions and adult programmes across a range of disciplines for the National Museum of Singapore. Her research has been published in academic journals such as Southeast of Now (NUS press).

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Sat Sep 23, 2017
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