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Unfolding projects: Afghan and Australian artist’s books collaborations

Weiss, Gali and Kameniar, Barbara 2013, Unfolding projects: Afghan and Australian artist’s books collaborations, in Impact 7 : Proceedings of International Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking Conference: Intersections and Counterpoints 2014, Monash University Publishing, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 496-503.

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Title Unfolding projects: Afghan and Australian artist’s books collaborations
Author(s) Weiss, Gali
Kameniar, Barbara
Conference name Impact 7 International Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking. Conference (2014: Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 27-30 Sep. 2011
Title of proceedings Impact 7 : Proceedings of International Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking Conference: Intersections and Counterpoints 2014
Editor(s) Morgan, L.
Publication date 2013
Conference series Intersections and Counterpoints
Start page 496
End page 503
Total pages 8
Publisher Monash University Publishing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) Printmaking
Artists Books
Summary In August 2009 an email was circulated to a number of Australian women artists with an offer to participate in a project of dialogue with women in Afghanistan. The project grew as a response to the dire situation of many women in Afghanistan, particularly in relation to education; many women are illiterate because they were and often still are, forbidden, restricted, or discouraged from attending school. By April 2010, 53 artists’ books by 14 women artists from various parts of Australia were delivered to Afghanistan, thereby beginning a process of creative collaboration between women situated in different places, cultures, and languages, attempting a productive connection through image and text. Each artist had created a small series of concertinas of imagery consistent with her current studio practice, which were then delivered to Afghanistan and distributed amongst women participating in literacy education. The women were asked to relate to the images by writing their own words directly within. The general intent was for the concertinas to be sent back to Australia, then bound and exhibited to raise public awareness, and possibly sold to raise funds. The artistic intent, however, was not the fundraising aspect as much as to take part in a process of support and dialogue with women in Afghanistan. It was a manoeuvre that said 'you are not alone'. The aim was to mobilise a conversation of sorts through the visuality and materiality of the artist’s book, despite the limitations of cultural, experiential, and physical distance. Just over six months from their delivery to Afghanistan, 36 of the 53 books returned to Australia, each marked with handwritten stories and poems in Dari and Pashto. This paper discusses the processes and considerations involved in the project, and the partnership formed with SAWA-Australia (Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan).
ISBN 9781921867569
Language eng
Field of Research 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting)
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2013, Monash University Publishing.
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30068743

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