Un­rav­el­ling art

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

A fa­mil­iar word around Al­bany, Amity, is also the ti­tle of an ex­hi­bi­tion de­pict­ing an ideal of ar­mistice.

Den­mark artist Ruth Hal­bert and Mel­bourne’s Emily Murch have joined forces to re­flect on the his­toric mo­ment through tex­tiles, text and in­stal­la­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion aims to un­ravel the usual nar­ra­tives of a heroic An­zac vic­tory and a just peace.

Hal­bert said the duo wanted to ex­plore the hopes and prom­ises of ar­mistice and their on­go­ing rel­e­vance.

“We have fo­cused on some of the voices, im­agery and art forms that were over­looked and si­lenced in 1918, and ex­plore what they can say about the world we live in to­day,” she said.

“One hun­dred years on from the ‘war to end all wars’ what have we achieved?

“For the prom­ise of peace to be reached, cit­i­zens and their in­sti­tu­tions need to ac­tively work for it.

“Peace is much more than an ab­sence of war and we in­tend to evoke a spirit of re­flec­tion and, hope­fully, in­clude some op­ti­mism by run­ning events for pub­lic en­gage­ment and dia­logue.”

The works con­sist of hand­made tex­tiles, text and ab­stract paint­ings, with guests mov­ing be­tween the loud pan­els and quiet gallery.

Hal­bert said the word Amity means friend­ship es­pe­cially the co-op­er­a­tive and sup­port­ive re­la­tion­ship be­tween peo­ple or an­i­mals.

“The term con­notes a re­la­tion­ship which in­volves mu­tual knowl­edge, es­teem, af­fec­tion and re­spect along with a de­gree of ren­der­ing ser­vice to friends in times of need or cri­sis. It also means mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and a peace­ful re­la­tion­ship, es­pe­cially be­tween na­tions.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion is not an at­tempt to il­lus­trate his­tory but to ask some ques­tions about what we think we know and about our re­la­tion­ship to the events of World War 1.”

The pair will run a free twoses­sion sock knit­ting class on Novem­ber 17 and 24 from 12:30-3pm. To book call 0404 184 380 or email ruth.hal­bert@gmail.com.

There will also be mend­ing ses­sions for peo­ple to share and learn on Novem­ber 13, 20 and 27 from 1-3 pm. An artist talk will be held on Novem­ber 17 at 11am in the gallery.

Amity opens at Van­cou­ver Arts Cen­tre at 6pm tonight and runs un­til De­cem­ber 7.

Amity opens at the Van­cou­ver Arts Cen­tre tonight.

Tex­tiles, text and in­stal­la­tions will bring Amity to life.

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