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Gabrielle Bates

Concrete Unknowns | 2022

Concrete Unknowns, Cementa22, photo Gab Bates
Concrete Unknowns, Cementa22, photo Gab Bates

bio:

The art practice of Gabrielle Bates has evolved over 30 years into an immersive investigation of how we occupy, understand and enchant place. In 2007 she undertook a year-long residency in Kuala Lumpur, which led to subsequent residencies in Penang, Manila and Australia. These experiences introduced her to community-inclusive approaches to cultural production, as well as prompting her masters research into Witchcraft, ritual and creative site activation. In Australia, Gabrielle’s art works have been selected for highly-regarded award exhibitions, she has received numerous commissions, and produced 13 solo exhibitions. She works between Gadigal and Wiradjuri lands, and pays respects to elders past, present and emerging.

statement:

The core principles of Witchcraft are the foundation of Gabrielle Bates’ work, which combines Animist thinking with ritual practices to explore how magic can be used for expression and political action in troubled times. Gab works directly with community and performance in places of folkloric significance, which are often regarded as haunted. Her explorations rely heavily on ephemeral materials to advocate for things that are forgotten, unloved and unseen, and her final pasteup posters are often absorbed and reclaimed by the places in which the performances took place.

Materials | Paste-ups on Kandos buildings
Location | Angus Avenue
Concrete Unknowns, Cementa22 , photo Ian hobbs
Concrete Unknowns, Cementa22 , photo Ian hobbs