The Ropes: Amrita Hepi X Adrian Piper
Cement Fondu | Australia
Building upon the rich history of weaving and skipping, a newly commissioned video installation by award-winning artist, dancer and choreographer Amrita Hepi explores cultural resilience and continuity through dance, gesture, video and performance.
Featuring hand-woven ropes and showcasing original choreography, Hepi’s installation and accompanying live performance and workshop look at the delicate and harsh dualities that exist within personal dance narratives and the objects that inform them.
Audiences are invited into a deeply affecting and visceral engagement with Blak and Pacific experience as Hepi evokes how rhythm, rhyme and the body carry self-expression and cultural celebration as well as political and social turbulence.
Presented alongside Hepi’s works is a selection of videos by American conceptual artist and philosopher Adrian Piper, whose influential practice has over decades revisited how art and dance can together bridge cultural, social and racial divides.
Adrian Piper,who won the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for Best Artist in 2015, presents works that span the 80s, 90s and 00s, exploring the role of the body and music in representations of cultural identity and leading generations of artists to place audience participation at the centre of their work.
The pairing of Hepi and Piper acknowledges how historically significant art practices and critiques challenged the status quo and expanded the edges of artforms, paving the way for today’s most experimental and innovative arts practitioners.
Also exhibiting in Cement Fondu's Project Space is a presentation of new and existing works by the Yirran Miigaydhu Weavers, an Aboriginal Women’s weaving program initiated by Campbelltown Arts Centre, and led by Aunty Phyllis Stewart, for local Aboriginal women to learn the tradition of weaving.
Created collaboratively, the Project Space exhibition explores the significance of the circle to Aboriginal culture. Through the process of coil making, in which each stitch builds upcoming segments, the work symbolises the generational passing of culture and traditional knowledge.
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Image: Courtesy of the artist