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Deny / Denial / Denied

ROTA Roberta J Rich 2017

Arts : State of the Art  for Wednesday 2 August 2017

Roberta J Rich joins Beth & Nick on The Breakfast Spread to talk about her upcoming exhibition Deny / Denial / Denied at Black Dot Gallery.

Deny / Denial / Denied is a collection of new work produced during a studio residency at Assemblage, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Comprising of serigraph prints, screen-printing on found material, and video works, the exhibition considers and explores notions of denial and being denied, particularly within a South African “Coloured” context both pre and post Apartheid. The exhibition reflects upon historical practices of Apartheid South Africa – its methodologies of classification, the people of District Six (and forced removals), as well as my personal relationship to these histories.

Roberta Rich's arts practice explores notions of denial and identity in historical and contemporary South Africa. Roberta is an African Australian artist, who grew up in Australia, and identifies strongly with her South African identity. Her arts practice utilises a variety of mediums to celebrate and explore contemporary African identity.

The work created for this exhibition was supported by the National Association for Visual Arts Sainsbury Sculpture Grant, and the Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart program. Roberta is a current participant in theFootscray Community Arts Centre’s Emerging Cultural Leaders Program.

Deny / Denial / Denied
By Roberta Joy Rich
Blak Dot Gallery | 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick (Via Dawson St)

August 3rd – 20th August 2017
Opening night: Thursday August 3rd, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Artist Talk date: Saturday 19th August 2017, 1.30pm – 2.30pm


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