Wednesday October 17 2012
Sandra is Object’s Touring Coordinator, and has spent the last three years installing and uninstalling Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture in various venues around Australia. She may or may not have shed a tear as she uninstalled it for the last time this week.
Here I am in Canberra at the National Museum of Australia, second day of the de-install of the Menagerie exhibition for the last time. It is sad saying goodbye to the works that I have got to know intimately over the past there years: Vicky West’s Tassie Devil always looked if it wanted to run away; the peacefully floating seven stingrays; the cheeky camp dog pups and their harassed mother. So many wonderful works that have been to every state in the country, and amazed and appealed to children and adults alike.
Menagerie will be returning home to the Australian Museum in Sydney, and after a short rest will be on show once more there. Goodbye Menagerie.
Object magazine 62 — Lola Greeno
Wednesday May 02 2012
In late 2011, Object announced the next two recipients of the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft honour, which has shifted to being a biennial event, with alternating years seeing an exhibition centred around a particular craft medium.
With Nick Mount taking the 2012 honour, 2014 will see Lola Greeno, an Aboriginal shell worker based in Launceston, open her Living Treasures exhibiton. With a career spanning over thirty years, Greeno is one of the most well-respected shell workers practicing in Australia.
Taking her cues from nature and history, and using the landscape as her studio as much as any dedicated space, Greeno herself was only inspired later in life, when she recognised how important the practice was to her culture and her heritage. Upon this realisation, she set about learning as much as she could from her mother, ensuring not only shell-work but family history remained intact.
Object magazine 62 — Healthabitat
Tuesday May 01 2012
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, defines a ‘social business’ as a ‘cause-driven business’ where the ‘investors/owners can gradually recoup the money invested, but cannot take any dividend beyond that point.’ Paul Pholeros AM believes that Healthabitat, an Australian private company of which he is a co-founder and director, perfectly fits that definition.
Healthabitat had its genesis in 1985 when the three directors (Pholeros, Dr Paul Torzillo AM and Stephan Rainow) were working together at the Aboriginal-run Nganampa Health Council. The director of the Council, Yami Lester, had seen health programs rolled out that saw more people attending hospitals and doctors for treatment, but recognised that that didn’t mean the situation was improving — there were no programs aimed at stopping them getting sick in the first place.