Art, heritage, History, Humanities, Immigration, japanese, Japanese Culture, literature

Japan in Australia: Culture, Context and Connection – A New Edited Collection

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Submission by: Assoc. Prof. David Chapman

In 2007, Assoc. Prof. David Chapman led a project  highly successful symposium held at the University of Queensland entitled “Japan in Australia“. The symposium sought to investigate a curious gap in the literature on Japan-Australia relations. While previous discourse on the two countries had focused primarily on the relationship between Japan and Australia, there had been little focus “on Japan’s place within Australia and within the nation’s social, cultural and historical landscape”. Furthermore, “with the changing dynamic of Australia’s relationship with Asia [particularly with Australia’s increasing focus on Chinese and South Korean relations] there is a need for a fresh look at Japan within Australia and how Japan has been understood and conceptualised”.

From the research presented at the symposium, Assoc. Prof. David Chapman and Assoc. Prof. Carol Hayes (ANU) edited the newly published collection: Japan in Australia: Culture, Context and ConnectionThis collection is “a work of cultural history that focuses on context and connection between two nations. It examines how Japan has been imagined, represented and experienced in the Australian context through a variety of settings, historical periods and circumstances”. Continue reading “Japan in Australia: Culture, Context and Connection – A New Edited Collection”

Art, film and visual cultures, French, Humanities, trauma

Empty Gallery, HK: “Times Like These: Philippe Grandrieux in Hong Kong”

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Screenshots from Philippe Grandrieux’s The Scream (4:3 Film). Copyright Philippe Grandrieux

Submission by: Prof. Greg Hainge

Running until 30th November, 2019, Empty Gallery in Hong Hong will host an exhibition of works by French film director, screenwriter, and artist Philippe Grandrieux called “The Bare Life“.  With a career spanning over forty years, Grandrieux’s work combines elements of the experimental and horror genres, providing the viewer an experience rich in sensory and psychological depth.

The curator notes that Grandrieux’s “The Bare Life” occupies “a liminal space between dream and nightmare, these works represent Grandrieux’s most distilled inquiry yet into a set of themes which have consistently haunted his cinematic research: the search for a pre-linguistic form of expression, the simultaneous primacy and unknowability of the human body, and the radically transpersonal nature of affect.”

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Art, French, memory

Layering Over the Wounds of Algeria in Contemporary Pied-Noir Art

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Altes, Patrick. Des p’tits Gars biend’chez nous. 2013, Janet Rady Fine Art, London.

Submission by Dr Amy L. Hubbell

Hubbell, Amy. “Layering Over the Wounds of Algeria in Contemporary Pied-Noir Art.” EuropeNow, 1 Mar. 2018, https://www.europenowjournal.org/2018/02/28/layering-over-the-wounds-of-algeria-in-contemporary-pied-noir-art/

For the past 20 years, I have been trying to understand the relationship that France’s former citizens of Algeria maintain with their lost homeland. When Algeria was decolonized in 1962 after a lengthy and bitter war, about one million people migrated en masseto France in rushed and sometimes traumatic circumstances from which they have not all recovered. Continue reading “Layering Over the Wounds of Algeria in Contemporary Pied-Noir Art”

Art, film and visual cultures, French, trauma

“Made in Algeria”: Mapping Layers of Colonial Memory into Contemporary Art

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Promotional image for the exhibition “Made in Algeria: Généalogie D’un Territoire” [Genealogy of a Territory] held at Mucem.
Submission by Dr Amy L. Hubbell

Hubbell, Amy. “Made in Algeria: Mapping Layers of Colonial Memory into Contemporary Visual Art.” French Cultural Studies, vol. 29, no. 1, 2018, pp. 8–18.

From January to May 2016, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (known as MuCEM) in Marseille, France hosted an exhibition called “Made in Algeria: Genealogy of a Territory”. Continue reading ““Made in Algeria”: Mapping Layers of Colonial Memory into Contemporary Art”