It was 20 years ago yesterday that Paul Keating made his famous Redfern address not far from Carriageworks in Redfern Park. In that speech Keating stated, ‘How well we recognise the fact that complex as our identity is, it cannot be separated from Aboriginal Australia. Redfern is a good place to contemplate these things.'
In 2013 Carriageworks presents a program that speaks to our everyday – at a point in time when our histories both converge and separate. The work of making a program with artists, is a work of caring; of remembering pasts; speaking and remaining silent, building a position and then letting it wash away. Carriageworks places this program within the region around us – from the tiny island of Tarawa in Micronesia where choreographer Lemi Ponifasio 'encounters birds carrying strips of video tapes in their mouths, dangling like liquid mirrors in the sky', to an island off the coast of Timor-Leste where Doku Rai and the story of man who can be killed but cannot die emerges from Timor-Leste folklore.
The artists in this program acknowledge that it is sometimes the objects around us that carry our hearts and activate our memories; in Song Dong’s Waste Not we don’t see the 10,000 objects in front of us, we see a life, our own mother, our own grandmother, we see ourselves passing through time or sometimes just letting time pass. In 2013 Carriageworks is ambitious, risk taking, unrelenting in its support of artists, at times difficult, contradictory and sometimes hard to define; not unlike everyday life.
Lisa Havilah - 11 December 2012
View the full Carriageworks 2013 program here