ARTalks with Alex Kelly

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As part of the 2018 WTS Program ‘Still Alive After 25’

Curated by Kieran Finnane & Jennifer Taylor

@ Red Hot Arts. Free.

With ARTalks Watch This Space offers a forum for reflection, challenge and future direction in local arts practice. Curated by artist Jennifer Taylor and arts writer Kieran Finnane, the series of three talks, with accompanying visual presentations, will gather critical thinkers around intercultural themes, of particular relevance to artists in Central Australia.

Working across difference: power, privilege and the unknown unknowns

Over the past twenty years  Alex Kelly  has worked on a diverse range of intercultural projects, from the Jabiluka blockade to the Irati Wanti campaign and arts and film projects including Ngapartji Ngapartji, Queen of the Desert, the Namatjira project, Coniston, This Changes Everything and most recently, KIDS (working title).

For this ART Talk Alex will explore issues arising from these projects relating to power, control, authorship and representation.

Bio: Alex Kelly

Alex is a settler Australian filmmaker, artist and communications strategist based in Mparntwe on Arrernte country.

Alex worked for ten years with Big hART across many projects including being the Creative Producer of Ngapartji Ngapartji. Alex’s documentary film credits include producing Island of the Hungry Ghosts, THE ISLAND, Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji , co-producing The Namatjira Project , production managing Coniston: Telling it True and directing Queen of the Desert.

From 2014-2016 Alex was the Global Impact & Distribution Producer on Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything project. She has recently joined the team on Maya Newell’s forthcoming film KIDS (working title) as impact producer.

In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and explored models for social change documentary impact and engagement in UK, Canada and USA.

Alex is Director and co-founder of Something Somewhere Film Festival in Alice Springs, Central Australia and a 2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.

Alex’s presentation will be preceded by a short presentation in the form of a dialogue between curators of this ART Talks series, Kieran Finnane and Jennifer Taylor, reflecting on the series’  themes, challenges, lessons learned and where Watch This Space might take the practice of public conversations next year.

Discussion will follow Alex’s presentation.

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