les autres / the others

les autres / the others
29 October, 2008 - 8 February, 2009
Nouméa, New Caledonia

Opening Celebration 28 October, 2008 – from 6 to 8 pm
at the Tjibaou cultural centre, Nouméa
Address : Rue des Accords de Matignon, Tina
BP 378 – 98845 Nouméa Cedex
New Caledonia
‘the others’ or ‘les autres’ is the touring name of ‘the other APT', a multi-artform exhibition produced to coincide with and respond to the 5th Asia Pacific Triennial, with a similar focus – of art within the Asia-Pacific region. However, in the interest of protocol, best practice and inclusiveness, artworks were sought more locally, from Brisbane and beyond, to highlight the fact that Coastal areas have an interesting hybrid mix of artists, right here, right now, and are also in dialogue with the first people of Australia.
The primary curatorial premise of ‘the others / les autres‘ is to show works from Indigenous Australian Artists, and also show meaningful works from other Artists that may constitute them as a friend in culture and good visitor to this country, in meaningful dialogue and otherwise. In other words, Aboriginals actively engaging with each other, and those from other cultural backgrounds - Torres Strait Islander, Melanesian, Samoan, Maori, Japanese, Filipino and others from outside the Asia-Pacific Rim, providing a true survey, commenting on individual and shared experience. Naturally some of these works are collaborations - existing works, and also works produced especially for the other APT, but all really important discourse, culturally and historically towards the importance of place, ceremony, ritual, legend, identity, politics and mutual respect.
Join us for a free opening program from 6 pm featuring:
Aboriginal Didgeridoo Master Lez Bex Beckett, Performance Artist Ann Fuata, along with other Artists featured in the exhibition Madelyn Hodge, Chantal Fraser, Maia and Curator Jenny Fraser.
“We all try to mediate the spaces in-between these binaries and I cannot help but imagine The Other APT in these terms. Mediating the social and cultural imaginaries of Indigeneity, it plots a landscape where tradition and disenfranchisement overlap and contradict each other and these inconsistencies intersect the exhibition’s themes of place, legend, identity, politics and mutual respect.”
Kylie Gaffney
The Other APT: An Exhibition of Other Perspectives
Machine Magazine 2007
"One of the nagging criticisms of Brisbane’s hugely successful Asia Pacific Triennale has been their handling of ‘the Aboriginal problem’ and finding a space for the Asian and Pacific within us; those local Australian societies of Asian and Pacific heritage who have had a long and deep relationship with our national identity; though often folded/secreted within. Finding a credible comfortable conceptual space and opportunity for local participation rather than artist heroes from major economic giants of the region has lingered as a quandary of what has otherwise been a major achievement. "
Djon Mundine OAM – Indigenous Curator, Contemporary Art, Campbelltown Art Centre.
APT: Aboriginal People Try - 'The other APT'
Artlink Magazine, March 2007
The catalogue accompanying the group exhibition features writings by Jenny Fraser, Gary Lee, Tauline Virtue and Djon Mundine.
For more information please visit: www.geocities.com/theotherapt

Gallery Hours:
9 am to 5 pm
Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday.
Curator: Jenny Fraser, dot_ayu@yahoo.com.au
Agency for the Development of the Kanak Culture / Tjibaou culturalcentre
Staff management:
Marie-Claude Tjibaou, President of the Board of Directors
Emmanuel Kasarhérou, Director
Ashley Vindin, General Secretary
Lydia Guichet, Deputy General Secretary
Visual Arts & Exhibitions Department:
Pétélo Tuilalo, Head of the Visual Arts & Exhibitions Department
Sandra Maillot Win Nemou, Contemporary Art Collection Manager
Laura Wadrawane, Exhibition Manager

Communication service
Jérôme Devillers, Press & Communication Agent
Contact: JeromeD@adck.nc  
‘the others / les autres’ is supported by Arts Queensland.