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Published on Jun 7, 2012
GOMA Talks, presented in partnership with ABC Radio National, explores contemporary ideas and issues from a range of perspectives with special guest panellists. During 'Contemporary Australia: Women', GOMA Talks tackles some of the most topical questions about contemporary Australia, from national identity and business to sexuality and science. ABC Radio National hosts Sarah Kanowski (Weekend Arts), Natasha Mitchell (Life Matters), Geraldine Doogue, AO (Saturday Extra) and Fenella Kernebone (By Design) lead all-female guest panels during these entertaining evening discussions.
Exploring the diverse cultural expressions of women in the context of contemporary debates about an 'Australian' national identity.
Host, Sarah Kanowski Weekend Arts presenter Sarah Kanowski is a writer and broadcaster who has worked with Late Night Live, Saturday Extra and Encounter on ABC Radio National. She has also studied English at Oxford University, edited Island magazine in Tasmania.
Deborah Kelly Artist Deborah Kelly's cross-media projects have encouraged public discussion about many important issues facing contemporary Australia and have contributed to the quality of these debates by broadening the information and perspectives in circulation. From interventions in cityscapes to street-level and personal engagements, her works involve exchanges between artist and audience and welcome participation. Her collaborative projects include www.boat-people.org, graphic civil disobedience on refugees and the prize-winning public art series 'Hey, hetero!' with Tina Fiveash. Her work has been included in Australian and international exhibitions including 'Love Never Dies' (Form + Content Gallery, Minneapolis, 2010), Singapore Biennale (2008) and 'Multiplicity' (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2006). Kelly is an exhibiting artist in the 'Contemporary Australia: Women' exhibition, at the Gallery of Modern Art.
Rebecca Huntley Dr Rebecca Huntley is a researcher and author with a background in publishing, academia and politics. She is the Executive Director of The IPSOS Mackay Report, which investigates consumer attitudes and insights into a range of current issues. Huntley holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in Gender Studies and is the author of three books, The World According to Y: Inside the New Adult Generation (2006) and Eating Between the Lines: Food and Equality in Australia (2008), and her most recent book The Italian Girl (2012), which took Huntley on a decade-long search for the 'truth' about her grandmother's life, and the lives of the men and women in her family from Innisfail, Northern Queensland, during World War II.
Dr Maura Reilly Dr Maura Reilly is Professor and Chair of Art Theory at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and internationally recognised for her expertise in postcolonial and feminist theory. She was founding curator of the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and instrumental in launching the first exhibition and education space in an American museum devoted exclusively to feminist art. Reilly's work includes the critically acclaimed 'Global feminisms' exhibition with Linda Nochlin (2007) and the permanent reinstallation of Judy Chicago's 1974-79 work The Dinner Party. Reilly's publications include Richard Bell: Uz vs. Them (2011) and her next book, Curatorial Activism and Ethical Responsibility (2012), will examine the historiography of multicultural and global art exhibitions from the late 1980s to the present.
Judy Watson Artist Judy Watson is best known for her lyrical paintings of country, taking special inspiration from the Waanyi country of her forebears. Working across a range of media, Watson explores familial, historical, political and environmental aspects of Australian Indigenous heritage and experience and constructs evocative works that contribute a distinctive voice to Australian cultural life. In 1995 Watson was awarded the Moët and Chandon Fellowship allowing her to travel to France. She was included in the 1997 Australian exhibit at the Venice Biennale and in 2006 won the Clemenger Contemporary Art Award. Watson is an exhibiting artist in 'Contemporary Australia: Women' at the Gallery of Modern Art.