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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Yhonnie Scarce

b. 1973, Australia

Yhonnie Scarce’s work explores the modes of perceptions used as underlying weapons of colonial power to keep Aboriginal people submissive to the hierarchy of colonial rule. Through research into her family’s experiences, Scarce’s glass work engages with the wider issue of containment of Aboriginal people, including the forcible removal of these people from their land and consequent death. Yhonnie Scarce’s work incorporates her personal histories and research with artefacts from the past, hence attempting to highlight the legacy of issues related to white settlement in a dialogue with the present. Indigenous fruits and vegetables such as bush bananas, bush plums and long yams are metaphoric tools to represent Indigenous people, culture and traditions.

Yhonnie Scarce belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples and in 2004 graduated from the South Australian School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), majoring in glassmaking. As Timothy Morell stated in the January-March 2009 edition of Australian Art Collector, Scarce has "pulled the medium of glass right out of its crafty comfort zone and exploited its potential, perhaps for the first time in Australia, to be emotionally and politically expressive".

Featured Artworks

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Barwell and Beverly - Andamooka Opal Fields by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork Yhonnie ScarceBarwell and Beverly - Andamooka Opal Fields, 2019 Water based ink screen print, vintage tent, hand blown glass
250 x 172 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
Hollowing Earth by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork Yhonnie ScarceHollowing Earth, 2016–2017 Blown and hot formed Uranium glass
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
Fallout Babies by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork Yhonnie ScarceFallout Babies, 2016 Blown glass, acrylic and found hospital cribs
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
Only a Mother Could Love Them by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork Yhonnie ScarceOnly a Mother Could Love Them, 2016 Blown glass and mortuary table
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
Glass Bomb (Blue Danube series) by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork Yhonnie ScarceGlass Bomb (Blue Danube series), 2015 hand blown glass bomb and yarns
60 x 25 x 25 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
Glass Bomb (Blue Danube series) by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork Yhonnie ScarceGlass Bomb (Blue Danube series), 2015 hand blown glass bomb and yarns
47 x 15 x 15 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
Silence part 2 (set of four) by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork Yhonnie ScarceSilence part 2 (set of four), 2014 Blown glass, forceps
Variable dimensions
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein
Silence part 1 (set of four) by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork Yhonnie ScarceSilence part 1 (set of four), 2014 Blown glass, forceps
Variable dimensions
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Kirsten Coelho, Michael Cook, Petrina Hicks, Lakin Ogunbanwo, Yhonnie Scarce, Jacqui Stockdale, Summer 2018 at This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
Closed
24 November–16 December 2018 Kirsten Coelho, Michael Cook, Petrina Hicks, Lakin Ogunbanwo, Yhonnie Scarce, Jacqui Stockdale Summer 2018 This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Yhonnie Scarce, Strontium 90 at This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
Closed
10 September–8 October 2016 Yhonnie Scarce Strontium 90 This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Yhonnie Scarce, The Silence of Others at This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
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31 May–21 June 2014 Yhonnie Scarce The Silence of Others This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne

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Notes On Desire: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney Ocula Report Notes On Desire: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney 12 Nov 2013 : Stella Rosa McDonald for Ocula

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."George Bernard ShawIn 1879, a French postman named Ferdinand Cheval began building an esoteric homage to the beauty of sandstone. On one of his postal rounds, Cheval came across small pieces of the...

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In Related Press

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Yhonnie Scarce wins 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award Related Press Yhonnie Scarce wins 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award Art Guide Australia : 30 August 2018

Congratulations to Yhonnie Scarce who has taken out the 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA) with her porcelain and glass work, Servant and Slave, 2018. The $20,000 award is acquisitive and Scarce's piece will join the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) permanent collection.The judges for the 2018 award were Stephen Gilchrist, associate lecturer of...

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What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 Related Press What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 Vogue : 28 August 2018

As Australia's leading art fair, Sydney Contemporary manages to make art critics into art lovers and the unanointed into worshippers, all within the space of three days.

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'Sovereignty' at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art Related Press 'Sovereignty' at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art ArtAsiaPacific : 23 March 2017

Since 1788, Australia's indigenous populations have been subjected to mass traumas due to the explicit and insidious incursions of settler colonies. These traumas remain unhealed, though the current sociopolitical climate not only fosters advocacy by both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples to acknowledge the violent settlement of Australia, but...

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'Who’s Afraid of Colour?': 118 Aboriginal women artists at NGV Australia Related Press 'Who’s Afraid of Colour?': 118 Aboriginal women artists at NGV Australia Art Radar Journal : 16 March 2017

The diverse work of Indigenous Australian women artists is celebrated through the thematic framework of the exhibition Who's Afraid of Colour? at the Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Australia from 16 December 2016 to 17 April 2017. Its intention is to explore Aboriginal women artists as innovators and transformers of tradition...

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