2pm to 3-30pm Sunday 12 September 2021

IOTA21 co-curators in conversation with artists Melissa Cameron, Desmond Lazaro, Garry Sibosado and Madhivi Subrahmanian.

Join the co-curators of IOTA21: Indian Ocean Craft Triennial Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday , Carola Akindele-Obe, Maggie Baxter and Jude van der Merwe, in conversation with Melissa Cameron (WA), Garry Sibosado (WA) and Desmond Lazaro (VIC) as they discuss their arts practice and the challenges and rewards of creating contemporary craft work within the Indian Ocean region.

Image caption: Desmond Lazaro,  Maharasa Lila, (detail), 2002, pigment paint and gold paint on cotton cloth, 243 x 243cm, exhibition image, John Curtin Gallery. Photographer: Sue-Lyn Moyle.

The John Curtin Gallery co-presents the central international exhibition with Fremantle Arts Centre for this new festival of contemporary craft IOTA21: Indian Ocean Craft Triennial. 

The artists in the inaugural Indian Ocean Craft Triennial: Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday are guided by principles of craft as a social practice capable of enhancing community innovation, collaboration and economic improvement. 

Blending traditional practice with contemporary materials and expressions they explore themes such as ceremony, colonisation, gender politics, ritual, and culture. Works include ceramics, fibre and textiles, weaving and painting.