The Ian Potter Cultural Trust & ACMI award additional artist development grants

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The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and ACMI will support three Ian Potter Moving Image Commission 2022 runner-up artists with $60,000 in the form of a six-month Creative Development and Mentorship Program. The IPMIC 2022 judging panel was so impressed with the new moving image works of these three Australian artists, that the Cultural Trust and ACMI created this initiative.

The grants have been awarded to Pilar Mata Dupont for her proposed work La Piedra, Roberta Joy Rich for her proposed work traced. and Nicholas Mangan for his proposed work Core Coralations. Each artist will receive $20,000 while ACMI staff will provide their expertise and support to help with the development of their proposed artworks.

 ACMI is proud be partnering with The Ian Potter Cultural Trust to deliver $60,000 in artist development grants during this vital time in the recovery of the arts sector, said ACMI Director & CEO Katrina Sedgwick OAM.  

“The Ian Potter Cultural Trust is delighted to support three talented Australian artistswhose proposals were met with such strong and unanimous enthusiasm from the IPMIC 2022 judging panel. It is particularly pleasing to offer this additional support as part of the final commission in the series,” said Lady Potter AC. 

This Creative Development and Mentorship Program supporting these three Australian artists follows the recent announcement of the final recipient in a decade-long series of $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commissions (IPMIC), Angela Tiatia. The Sydney-based paint, sculpture, video installation, and performance artist was awarded the prestigious commission for her proposed video work,Liminal Persuasions(working title), which will have its world premiere at ACMI in 2022 and enter the ACMI Collection. 

About the artists

Pilar Mata Dupont 

Pilar Mata Dupont is a Latinx visual artist and filmmaker living and working between Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Boorloo (Perth), Australia. Her work spans video, performance, and photography and delves into the fallibility of structures of history, gender, and memory. Using highly theatrical and cinematic methods, Dupont re-imagines histories and texts, creating alternative readings that question the conditions of the construction of dominant narratives that shape Western society. Her Argentinean background and upbringing in Australia, Argentina, and Brunei – all settler states or former colonies – feed into her practice through the themes she explores. 
 
Dupont has shown work in spaces and festivals such as Secession, Vienna; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei; Mediacity Seoul at the Seoul Museum of Art; WürttembergischerKunstverein, Stuttgart; TENT, Rotterdam; New Zealand Festival through Te Papa; MONA FOMA; Akademie der KünsteHanseatenweg, Berlin; PICA, Perth; Biennale of Sydney 2010; The Box at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, USA; and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, GaîtéLyrique, Paris. In 2015, she won the Plymouth Contemporary Open, UK, and a residency prize at the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2009 she was awarded a Cultural Trust emerging artists grant to undertake research and development with fellow artist Tarryn Gill. In 2010 with Tarryn Gill, she won the Basil Sellers Art Prize. A new film, ‘La Maruja’, will premiere in 2021 with experimental online platform, Prototype.  

La Piedra  by Pilar Mata Dupont 

La Piedra(The Stone) is a new video work in development that builds upon the moving image work of Dupont’s practice to date, drawing upon an archive of interviews and documentary footage of women in her family she has been creating since 2013. Functioning as a magic realist, auto-narrative drama, the proposed project looks at intergenerational trauma, the politics of motherhood, migration, memory, alienation, illness, and the lived body outside of Cartesian modes. 

The non-linear narrative of the work concentrates on the relationship between two characters: Satu and Cris, her mother. These characters are an amalgam of various women in Dupont’s family including herself. A generation of people who purposefully forgot and those who need to remember. Weaving through the effect of the collective trauma of the volatile 20th Century in Argentina, how it is passed through generations through the filter of an immigration story to a land with its own history of trauma and displacement, is where Dupont wishes to situate La Piedra. We find ourselves at the end of the story at the beginning of it; the main plot has already taken place and the protagonists are picking up the pieces. 

Roberta Rich 

Roberta Joy Rich is a multi-disciplinary artist who responds to and reframes constructions of African identity and histories, often referencing her own diaspora southern African identity and experiences. Utilising language, archives, and sometimes satire in her video, performance, installation and mixed-media projects, Rich draws from various sociopolitical, historical and popular culture epistemologies to engage with notions of 'authentic' identity construction, while seeking to ascertain empowering forms of self-determination via her arts practice. 
 
Since completing her Master of Fine Arts at Monash University, Rich has exhibited projects in Melbourne, interstate and across Johannesburg and Cape Town. Recent exhibitions include Deny/Denial/Denied; Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne (2017), One Colour at a Time: Contemporary Screen Prints; Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg (2017), M/other Land; Arts House (2018), Transmissions; Gallery MOMO Cape Town, (2018), The Fairest Cape? An account of a Coloured; Bus Projects, Melbourne (2018), Firstdraft, Sydney (2019), WE KOPPEL, WE DALA; Metro Arts, Brisbane, Incinerator Art Award; Incinerator Gallery (2020), and Stimulus Package as part of Darebin City Council’s FUSE Festival (2020). An alumnus of FCAC’s Emerging Cultural Leaders Program (2017), her residencies in South Africa were supported by NAVA’s Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship, and she is the 2020 recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Debra Porch Award for an upcoming residency at the Cemeti Institution for Art and Society, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (postponed). 

 
traced.  bRoberta Rich

traced. is an immersive multi-channel moving image installation that reimagines an African presence within the colonial-settler-nation context of Australia. traced. seeks to explore the experience of being between places through the speculative walking journeys of southern African settler convicts “Rachel of the Cape” and “Black Peter”. Witness to their navigation and traversing of place,traced.reframes tracking as an experience towards tracing memory and connection to place and how this informs an understanding between place and self-identity. Inspired by the resistance and survival of their ontologies, some as mere footnotes found in the depths of colonial archives, are fragments of banished indigenous southern African peoples, forcibly sent to Australia and coerced as trackers alongside Aboriginal men.traced.imagines shared semiotics of dis/placement, transporting us between time and place and what it means to exist between places while positioning its viewer simultaneously as the tracker. 

Nicholas Mangan 

Born 1979, Geelong, Victoria, Manganlives and works in Melbourne, Victoria. 

Nicholas Mangan works at the intersection of sculpture and film. His practice explores the unstable relationship between culture and nature, broadly in relation to the Asia Pacific. Mangan’s recent projects have focused on Australia's geopolitical implication within the region, and its broader economic and ethical place within a global ecology. In order to excavate the contested histories surrounding specific sites and events, his practice incorporates extensive archival research, fieldwork and collaboration across disciplines. He is represented by galleries Sutton Gallery in Melbourne and LABOR in Mexico City. 

Core Coralations by Nicholas Mangan 

Mangan's project Core Coralations explores the mass bleaching events at the Great Barrier Reef and ice core samples from Antarctica explores air circulation and scientific investigations to restore our fragile ecosystem in our climate emergency using thermal imaging of a feedback loop between electric domestic air conditioning units and atmospheric heat gain. In addition to this material Core Coralations will include interviews and archives combined with a soundscape in multi-screen work using the screen language of materialist, structuralist film, and expanded cinema.  

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