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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.

Unfolding / Folding

Alice Lang
Courtney Coombs
Hannah Raisin
Kate Just
Sabella D'Souza
Curated by Alyce Neal

03 September 2016–24 September 2016

Unfolding / Folding presents new and recent work by five Australian artists, Courtney Coombs, Sabella D’Souza, Kate Just, Alice Lang and Hannah Raisin.

Unfolding / Folding considers contemporary feminist discourse through an expanded concept of performance. Each artist references performative elements; movement, objects, space and action to critically discuss heteronormative structures that privilege a universal viewpoint. Through this performative framework, the complexities and possibilities of feminist discourse are considered; temporality, virtual and public space, narrative and learning structures to disrupt the neoliberal politics shaping mainstream feminism.

Drawn from Hannah Raisin’s Fold (2015), Unfolding / Folding positions itself within a discourse of collective action. Unfolding / Folding situates feminism as a method of inquiry, a network of visible and subversive strategies through a range of media and perspectives.  Such a framework aligns with recent work by Amelia Jones and her term ‘para feminism’ and projects such as BACKFLIP: Feminism and humour in Contemporary Art (2013) and AS IF: 40 Years and Beyond – Celebrating the Women’s Art Register (2015).

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  • Alice Lang’s cross disciplinary practice explores how objects hold meaning through the politics of their materiality. Currently based in Los Angeles, Lang is a founding member of LEVEL and recent graduate of CalArts.
  • Courtney Coombs is a Brisbane-based artist and founding member of LEVEL. She investigates art and the everyday through performance, installation and found objects, evoking personal narrative, humour and clichés to explore the value and position of art and human connection/disconnection.
  • With a bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the VCA (2007, 2012), Raisin has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally. Solo shows, group exhibitions and performances have included ACMI, ACCA, Gippsland Art Gallery, Linden, Substation, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, MARS Gallery and Westspace (Victoria), NCCA (Northern Territory), Metro Arts and UQ Museum (Queensland). In 2016 Hannah was the Asialink resident at 1Shanthiroad Studios in Bangalore, India. In 2013 she received both the Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart and New Work Grants for a self-directed arts residency throughout parts of regional and remote Australia. Raisin features in a number of private and public collections and is represented by MARS Gallery.
  • Melbourne-based artist Kate Just is concerned with feminist representations of the body. Working across a range of media, Just’s practice is one based on devotion, collaboration and collective action, positioning craft as a sculptural and political medium.
  • Sabella D’Souza is a Sydney-based artist whose performance based practice considers the notion of ownership and use of public and private spaces, in particular virtual space.