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Contemporary art builds bridge between Australia and Turkey

Vikki McInnes, director of the Margaret Lawrence Gallery at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA),  has curated the latest AsiaLink Arts exhibition which aims to connect artists and cultures in Australia and Turkey.

Neverwhere brings the work of eight leading Australian contemporary artists to the Gaia Gallery, Istanbul from 14 August – 12 September 2015 to celebrate the ‘Year of Australia in Turkey’.

“Through installation, video, painting, photography and performance the exhibition develops an alternative imagining of Australia“, curator McInnes said.

“The artists playfully disturb the distinctions between real and imagined identities, and between authentic and fantastical scenarios, to take you on a journey through the cracks and into an underside – somewhere that is Neverwhere.”

Lou Hubbard, Eye Ops (2013)
Lou Hubbard, Eye Ops (2013). Image courtesy of Asialink Arts.

McInnes will travel to Istanbul for the exhibition opening on 14 August 2015, which features a collaborative performance by Clare Milledge and Turkey’s Dadans, and will be joined by VCA Head of Photography Lou Hubbard and art lecturer Dr Veronica Kent along with several of the artists.

Neverwhere is a key event in the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Australia in Turkey 2015: Celebrating Contemporary Australian Culture which aims to build a bridge between modern Turkey and contemporary Australia through a year-long program showcasing Australian creativity and innovation. Turkey will be introduced to the best Australia has to offer, from arts to design, gastronomy to cinema, music to fashion, education to invention, and architecture to sports.

A version of this article originally appeared on Channel, the Faculty’s previous publishing platform.