Tina Havelock Stevens performs to an empty grandstand. She drums on a raised platform – a raft drawn from pillar to post by her co-performer, Ivey Wawn. Adrift on land, the two performers navigate the rhythms of uncertainty and the chaos of loss.
Tina Havelock Stevens conceived her new video installation, Thank You For Holding, amidst the relentless tides of anxiety produced by the uncertain present. Performed in The Clothing Store at Carriageworks in August 2020, her work marks this current moment by charging the future with hope.
Improvised, ritualistic and urgent, her drumming score holds the space but cannot hold time. The two performers – masked but not blind, their vision 20/20 – take pause in the holus-bolus of the suspended present.
Tina Havelock Stevens explores the ambiguities of human nature predominantly through film, performance and installation. Responding to personal narratives, the Blake Prize winning artist’s work speaks to fragility and survival by drawing connections between historically loaded sites and emotional spaces.
Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Wed–Sun from 10am to 8.30pm
Entrance to Carriageworks is via an access ramp leading to the main entrance which is located at street level at 245 Wilson St. Accessible parking is available at the end of Carriageworks Way with entry via 229 Wilson Street. The Carriageworks car park also includes four mobility parking spaces.
Service animals are welcome at Carriageworks.
Artist/Performer Tina Havelock Stevens
Co-performer Ivey Wawn
Director of Photography Jackie Wolf
Editor Kathy Drayton
Sound Mix Bob Scott
Sound Recordist Matt Syres
Artist Assistant Anny Mokotow
Camera Assistant/Stills Bronwyn Rennex
Photo: Tina Havelock Stevens, Thank You for Holding, 2020 (video still)
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