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The Embassy of Colombia in Australia, Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), and RMIT University present

Ping Pong

Colombia-Australia Cultural Connections through Visual Arts
7-30 November
RMIT Design Hub

Ping-Pong Exhibition
Opening: Thursday 7 of November
7-30 November 2013 (see below for details)

Conference Colombia - Australia: Cultural Connections in the 21st Century
Friday 8 November 2013 (see below for details)

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The Embassy of Colombia in Australia, Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), and RMIT University are proud to present Ping Pong, a pioneering international cross-cultural visual arts project where visual artists in Colombia partner up with artists in Australia, China and India.

This project makes part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' "Plan de Promoción de Colombia en el Exterior" that promotes the country overseas through its cultural expressions.

The Ambassador of Colombia in Australia, Mrs. Clemencia Forero looks forward to this project that will lead to a cultural exchange between Colombia and Asia Pacific countries, "Projects like Ping Pong strengthen cultural bonds and raise awareness on drawing, one of the most outstanding expressions of Colombia's current artistic scenario. We are very proud of presenting this project in Melbourne."


Ping Pong project


Ping-Pong Exhibition - Colombia-Australia Cultural Connections through Visual Arts

Ping Pong

Artists engaged in an exchange of randomly selected words, from which diverse drawing processes were enacted.

In Australia the project linked artist and RMIT lecturer Greg Creek with Colombian artist Jorge Julián Aristizábal who have created a series of forty drawings inspired by the exchange of ten words.

The project revolves around the idea of artists communicating with each other at a distance over Internet.

This 'to-ing and fro-ing' of ideas is the basis of the 'Ping Pong' title.

Jill Morgan AM, CEO of MAV said "By giving the artists the tools and a framework to make connections between cultures through the complexity of their own individual and collective experience and perspective, we deepen our understanding of our global community. Importantly, the Ping Pong project profiles the rich arts sector in Colombia and Australia."

Final artworks will be presented in the Ping-Pong Exhibition at RMIT Design Hub opening on November 7 and running until November 30.

Damian Smith (RMIT) curates the exhibition, Trinidad Estay (MAV) coordinates the project in Australia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia coordinates the project in Colombia and will produce a catalogue publication for Ping Pong.

Conference

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Ping-Pong also includes the presentation of the conference Colombia - Australia: Cultural Connections in the 21st Century, a one day program looking at the Ping-Pong experience; discussing current and future opportunities for increasing cultural links between Australia, Colombia and Latin America; exploring what Australian based Colombian artists are bringing into the Australian contemporary arts scene and creating greater awareness on the contemporary arts scene in Colombia.

Key speakers include artists involved in the project and people who are connected culturally to both regions such as Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia H. E. Mrs. Clemencia Forero-Ucrós; South Project founder Kevin Murray; artist and MAV Marketing & Development Claudia Escobar and Australian based Colombian artists.

Ping Pong was originally conceived by leading Colombian artist José Antonio Suárez Londoño, a major figure in Colombian contemporary art and recently showcased at the 2013 Venice Biennale with the exhibition The Encyclopaedic Palace. Ping-Pong represents a significant commitment by the Colombian Government in bi-lateral cultural relations, underscoring the growing connections between Colombia and Australia. A later exhibition of all the artworks will take place in Colombia.

Ping-Pong Exhibition
Opening: Thursday 7 of November at 11.00 am.
Everyone welcome but RSVP is essential to fiesta@multiculturalarts.com.au
Exhibition dates: Thursday 7 November - Saturday 30 November
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 11am - 6pm Saturday: 12pm - 5pm
Venue: RMIT Design Hub (Bldg 100), Long Room, Level 9, Corner Swanston & Victoria St

Conference Colombia - Australia: Cultural Connections in the 21st Century
Everyone welcome but RSVP is essential to fiesta@multiculturalarts.com.au
Date: Friday 8 November
Time: 9:30-4:00pm
Venue: RMIT Design Hub, Level 3

Media Enquiries

Media queries: Claudia Escobar, Marketing & Development development@multiculturalarts.com.au, 03 9188 3681, 0449 163 753.

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