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    Women (seen) Lunchtime Talk: Countess: Spoiling Illusions since 2008 with Elvis Richardson and Melinda Rackham

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    Join us for our Women (seen) lunchtime talk series with Elvis Richardson and Melinda Rackham. Elvis and Melinda speak on their 2023 book which charts the personal, cultural and theoretical motivations and history of the feminist data collecting project Countess Report. Exposing gender asymmetry in many arenas of the Australian artworld, we examine obstacles and inequities women and nonbinary artists encounter navigating career pathways through primary and high school, university, ARIs, art prizes, scholarships, art publications, major galleries, curatorial gatekeeping, artworld power structures, acquisitions, acknowledgement and income.

    Spoiling Illusions is funny and insightful - meticulously designed by Elliot Bryce Foulks and Maria Smit - grounded in 15 years of hard data, collective actions, public events and exhibitions. It is intended to start conversations and embrace actions to remodel our sector, and will be available for purchase at a Student price.

    Founder of the CoUNTess blog and benchmarking Countess.Report, Dr Elvis Richardson’s (Naarm/Melbourne) visual art practice extracts personalised objects and imagery from public sources and re-constructs them as raw materials in a studio practice that disrupts the everyday commodification’s of lifestyle to satirically expose the promises, disappointments and contradictions that we all live with. Elvis has founded and co-directed many artist-run-initiatives and her works are held in public collections.

    Writer Professor Melinda Rackham (Tarntanya/Adelaide) is an award-winning networked artist, curator and cultural commentator.  She empowers diverse audiences to engage with curiosity, delight, and wonder with interdisciplinary and immersive artforms; and produces images and texts that poetically and critically intersect the worlds of art, artists, networks, feminisms, social media, social justice and our planetary ecology.

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    Location: Building EA.G.19

    Time: 12pm-1pm

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