Hobart Current: Liberty
Opens 12-03-2021, closes 09-05-2021
Argyle Galleries 1-4, Salon Gallery, Hobart CBD
Who chooses freedom for whom, in what space and during what time?
Rosie Dennis, Creative Director of Hobart Current, has selected ten contemporary artists to help find the answer. Tasmanian artists Sinsa Mansell, Brigita Ozolins, James Newitt, Jacob Leary, Dexter Rosengrave and Nadege Philippe-Janon feature in this collection, which also spans interstate and international talent including Uncle Wes Marne, Suryo Herlambang, Jagath Dheerasekara and Sarah Jane Pell creating new works in the mediums of film, installation, performance and visual art. The works commissioned for Liberty offer personal and vulnerable perspectives on the theme, challenging notions of agency and representation, surveillance and exile.
Throughout 2020, four of the Liberty artists led intensive education programs with Tasmanian high school students who researched and created their own projects on the theme.
Hobart Current is a major biennial program presented in partnership between the City of Hobart and TMAG, with Liberty its inaugural exhibition. Complementing the exhibition, the City of Hobart will present a series of activities in public spaces across the Hobart CBD, providing further opportunities to discover and explore the notion of 'liberty'.
Hobart Current: Liberty will be on show at TMAG and within the Hobart CBD and is presented as part of Ten Days on the Island 2021.
The Hobart Current: Liberty program begins at TMAG with the exhibition, and then continues across the city of Hobart. Two of the artists' works are on display at outdoor sites within the CBD and the city is further activated with a range of public programs exploring the 'liberty' theme.