In This Issue
We acknowledge and pay our respect to the many Aboriginal nations across this land, traditional custodians, Elders past and present; in particular the Guringai people of the Eora Nation where Art Almanac has been produced.
Artists in this issue are deeply empathetic; they share their stories and welcome us to common ground. Our cover artist Kawita Vatanajyankur reflects on the physical and psychological toll of housework but cheers on our ability to endure. Her video work can be enjoyed online with new projects from other artists in ‘Don’t Let Yourself Go’ via Cement Fondu. Anita Larkin also ruminates on a state of flux that is personal and universal, noting that ‘brokenness’ is an opportunity for ‘transformative repair, not a return to previous wholeness or utility, but to view the rupture of the wound as a chance for the broken object to be extended into something.’ Khaled Sabsabi has at times felt like an outsider, but greets the world as a peacemaker. He shares wisdom in his art explaining that ‘to better understand what is around you is to understand what is within yourself.’ Similarly, Drew Pettifer’s artistic historical intervention ruminates on systems of oppression, with a view to bring us together; ‘rethinking and recontextualising histories that have been hidden or erased.’ The artists in ‘long water: fibre stories’ celebrate the collective rather than the individual through fibre art, which plays a vital role
in maintaining and preserving Indigenous material culture.
The team at Art Almanac extend a big thank you to the galleries and artists who supported this issue for September and October.
Anita Larkin, Come to me without a word – Chloe Mandryk
Drew Pettifer, A sorrowful act: the wreck of the Zeewijk – Dr Joseph Brennan
long water: fibre stories – Melissa Pesa
Khaled Sabsabi, A Promise – Chloe Mandryk
Kawita Vatanajyankur, Sponge, 2020, 4K video still, duration: 5.21 minutes
Commissioned by Cement Fondu, Sydney
Courtesy the artist, represented by Nova Contemporary, Bangkok and Antidote Organisation, Sydney