• Low Cost Diplomatic Bag


    Low Cost Diplomatic Bag at the Immigration Museum

    Opening: Thursday 17 December.

    Curated by Nilo Casares

    The suitcase is a symbol of every migrant, the beginning of the journey, the receptacle where each one of us puts what one considers most essential to bring when moving from one country to another. In a way you are what you put in your suitcase, your suitcase is a part of your identity that travels along with you.
    In this exhibition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain asked 15 of its Embassies around the world to work with artists from those countries or who were migrants in those countries.
    The artists were asked to use suitcases that fit into the luggage compartment of a low cost airline as exhibition space. Each suitcase was manipulated in whatever way the artist thought suitable. They use different contemporary art tools to explore diverse issues as immigration, borders and policies of their own countries, but also the relationship between art and technology.
    The first exhibition was first held in Madrid and it will then travel to each of the sixteen countries where the suitcases originated.
    Immigration Museum, Old Customs House, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne 3000 VIC.
  • L’Intru (Invaders)


    L’Intru (Invaders) is a multidisciplinary exhibition that deals with issues of post-colonialism, capitalism, memory, identity and narration.

    The idea of invasion can be spoken about in abstract and concrete terms: the literal denial of entry into a country and the perception of individuals as outsiders combined with the psychological rupture that occurs when one is denied the opportunity to build an identity, nationality and memories. For those who do not have a past, the only possible future lies in-between the fantasy of alienation or the nostalgia of their origins.

    Gathering together artists originally from Portugal, UK, Rwanda, Poland, Argentina, Germany, Hungary and Spain, who work in performance, photography, video and installation, L’Intru (Invaders) aims to question these potent issues: postcolonialism, personal and collective memory, capitalism, narration and identity. The exhibition not only asks who the invaders are, it also speaks of the personal narratives that these forces provoke within the individual.

    Drawing inspiration from the Shoreditch area, L’Intru tackles down some of the most difficult issues that Londoners face at the moment: gentrification, liberalism and capitalism.

    Finding Money / Outdoors / 12pm / Free

    During a residency at Gasworks / Open School East, the artists Carla Cruz and Antonio Contador developed the second moment of a project that explores the implications of finding money in the streets. For the L’Intru (Invaders) exhibition they will conduct a participative project, dealing with issues of money, politics and poetics in the neighbourhood of Shoreditch.

  • In or Out?: On Leaving the Art World and Other Systems, Part 1


    In or Out?: On Leaving the Art World and Other Systems, Part 1

    First in two-part series of brief presentations on tactics and politics of refusal, withdrawal, and exit. Artist Carla Cruz; artist Andrea Francke; and pedestrian and environmental activist Caroline Russell. Chaired by art historian Catherine Grant.


    Saturday 12 December
    11.30am – 9.30pm
    Now You Can Go Seminar
    The Showroom
    Zach Blas, Fulvia Carnevale of Claire Fontaine, Carla Cruz, Karen Di Franco, Maria Drakopoulou, Andrea Francke, Catherine Grant, Karolin Meunier, Gabrielle Moser, Raju Rage, Helena Reckitt, Lucy Reynolds, Frances Rifkin, Caroline Russell, Francesco Ventrella, Marina Vishmidt (by Skype), Giovanna Zapperi.