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troublemag | July 22, 2017

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Listing State WA

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000

Screen Space – Jesper Just
8 July – 10 August

Sirens of Chrome is one of Danish-American video artist Jesper Just’s most compelling works. Just’s work is ambiguous, full of life’s uncertainties, a technique that draws viewers into the story allowing insertion of individual memories and associations into his evocative visuals and forceful soundtracks.

Indigenous Art Gallery
Opens 29 July

This new permanent space will showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from the State Art Collection. In this ambitious commitment to Indigenous art, AGWA features a variety of media, styles and subjects explored in contemporary Indigenous art.

Everyone has a history – Part One: Plain Speak
Until 13 August

Plain Speak launched a new annual series at AGWA, Everyone has a history, presenting compelling personal stories told through art. The inaugural show puts Indigenous artists in the spotlight, through 50 powerfully personal works.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Until 4 September

Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and organised by the American Federation of Arts, The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first museum exhibition in North America, and now in Australia, to examine the sneaker’s complex and fascinating social history, from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to its role in the present day as a status symbol of urban culture.

Micro Galleries – Sky and Garden
Until September

The second instalment of the Wesfarmers Collection display focuses on the idea of landscape and what contemporary explorations of the theme can show us about our place, tastes and traditions.

Craft & Design Gallery – Resonant Objects
Until 15 October

This display brings together key highlights from AGWA’s furniture collection. Including significant modern and contemporary pieces that look at the ways items made to either support the body or its domestic living and activities, express various philosophies of being and making whilst also existing as artistic statements in their own right.

Fremantle Arts Centre

1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160

22 July—16 September

Ian Strange | ISLAND
Perth-raised, New York-based artist Ian Strange returns home for ISLAND, featuring large-scale photographs and a site-specific installation. The exhibition depicts the foreclosed homes in Ohio’s Rust Belt region as Strange investigates the suburban home, exploring its dual nature as a place of sovereignty and simultaneous entrapment.

Curated by Anna Louise Richardson (WA), I WAS HERE reflects upon the continual remaking of history through photographic prints and sculpture. Artists include Tom Buckland (ACT), Wanda Gillespie (NZ), Kate McMillan (UK), Yhonnie Scarce (VIC), Alex Seton (NSW), Amy Spiers (VIC) and Robyn Stacey (NSW).