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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Ranta Ruumis

Jessie Imam

27 October 2017–18 November 2017

The Baltic Sea contains 21,721 cubic kilometres of water. The tides are minimal; they fluctuate approximately 3-4cm with each cycle. The water has a salinity content of 0.7%. My body weighs 58.3kg. It contains approximately 32.065L of water. It has 233g of salts. When fully submerged, my body displaces 59.19L of water. 59.19L of the Baltic Sea occupies a different space because of the presence of my body. 0.000000000000272% of the Baltic Sea is shifted. The tide line is altered, but remains imperceptible.

Ranta Ruumis draws on experiences from a recent artist’s residency in the Finnish archipelago in the Baltic Sea. Imam uses photography, video and sculptural installation to investigate the borders and boundaries of the islands and the relationships they have to those of the body. Utilising her body as a point of interaction with the landscape, Imam participates in a dialogue between her body and the islands in order to develop a relationship with the archipelago as both a place and an organic body [of land] where flux and change occurs.

Many thanks to Archipelago Art Residency Korpo (AARK) for the tremendous support provided during the residency program –

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  • Imam completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Monash University in 2014. She was awarded the Nillumbik Prize in 2015 and was a recipient of the AARK residency, Finland in 2017 and the Laughing Waters residency in 2011. Her work is held in the Nillumbik Shire Public Art Collection as well as a number of private collections.