The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Christo­pher Allen

Refugees Yoko Ono, Ai Wei­wei, Frank Auer­bach and Anish Kapoor are among the artists re­flect­ing on their her­itage as part of a new show in western Syd­ney. Refugees, an ex­hi­bi­tion in Syd­ney’s south­west, brings to­gether more than 65 works by 22 in­ter­na­tional artists, all of whom share a refugee back­ground. Their art­works de­pict their in­di­vid­ual jour­neys for refuge. Ono was ex­iled from Tokyo dur­ing the fire­bomb­ing of March 9, 1945, while Auer­bach was seven years old when his par­ents sent him to Bri­tain to es­cape con­cen­tra­tion camps. Cu­ra­tor Toni Bai­ley says: “This ex­hi­bi­tion not only tells the sto­ries of these sig­nif­i­cant artists with refugee back­grounds but will re­flect the achieve­ments and con­tri­bu­tions of refugees to our com­mu­nity as a whole. Refugees pro­vides a con­text to dis­cuss the of­ten mis­un­der­stood plight of asy­lum-seek­ers.” Ca­sula Pow­er­house Arts Cen­tre, 1 Pow­er­house Road, Ca­sula. Opens to­day. Daily, 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 9824 1121. Un­til Septem­ber 11. Ju­lian Rose­feldt: Man­i­festo The head­line at­trac­tion of this ex­hi­bi­tion is an in­stal­la­tion of videos each star­ring Cate Blanchett in dif­fer­ent per­sonas, per­form­ing the em­phatic and some­times in­co­her­ent words of artis­tic man­i­festos com­posed by avant-garde move­ments in the 20th cen­tury. But there are three other works by Rose­feldt. The first evokes the brit­tle world of an ob­ses­sive­com­pul­sive prone to fits of de­struc­tive rage; the sec­ond is a de­scent into a hell of moral dere­lic­tion; and the third is again an ex­plo­ration of the ob­ses­sive mind, sink­ing into a mael­strom of its own making. Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Do­main. Tues-Mon, 10am-5pm; Weds, 10am-10pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: 1800 679 278. Un­til Novem­ber 13.

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