Ai Weiwei: Chinese dissident artist critiques Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers ahead of Sydney Biennale

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He is one of the world’s most famous artists and China’s best known dissident, and 60-year-old Ai Weiwei has a message for Australia when it comes to the treatment of asylum seekers. Philippa McDonald ABC “I struggle with Australia’s record towards refugees,” he said. “Australia is a nation of migrants and its culture accepts and tolerates difference. “But Australia’s refugee record is quite poor internationally. This is a very bad position for a state because people judge states on their ... Read More »

2018 Adelaide Biennial: Difference as the natural order of things

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It is a time-honoured tradition that large museum surveys of contemporary art should have titles so vague and all-encompassing as to be effectively meaningless. John McDonald The Canberra Times Yet it may be that with Divided Worlds, Erica Green, the curator of the 2018 Adelaide Biennial, has found a title that actually feels relevant. Two decades into the 21st century the world is a long way from the Age of Aquarius, becoming ever more riven and tribalised. In the west there was ... Read More »

None but the Lonely Heart

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fortyfivedownstairs recital blurb: Melbourne-born Greek-Cypriot Australian soprano, Christiana Aloneftis, is coming home to perform with one of Australia’s finest collaborative pianists, David Barnard, an eclectic and exciting program of Debussy, Donizetti, Verdi, Rimsky-korsakov, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff and much more. Currently based in Paris, the young soprano has been described by Joyce DiDonato (The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall) as having ‘an exceptionally warm, expressive soprano voice…. She performs with poise and graceful, nuanced phrasing’. None but the Lonely Heart, is a ... Read More »

Tasoula Hadjitofi – from refugee to icon hunter

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A refugee’s quest to reclaim her nation’s stolen heritage Tasoula Hadjitofi will discuss her experiences of war and injustice; her ongoing campaign to preserve cultural heritage worldwide and her tireless work to combat art trafficking. In 1974 Tasoula Hadjitofi and her family were forced to flee their home in Famagusta, Cyprus during the Turkish invasion. As a refugee living in the Netherlands, Tasoula devoted her life to infiltrating and exposing the shady underworld of art traffickers. It all began when ... Read More »

Modern Confidential: Digital Privacy Today

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The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date. The Wheeler Centre While many of us say we still want it, we willingly share our data – and dislike paying to protect it. Governments and online businesses covet our personal information. Modern Confidential: Digital… Presented in partnership with Liberty Victoria, and the City of Melbourne as part of Knowledge Week. Read More »

#MyFreedomDay: Students stand up to slavery on March 14

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(CNN) – Right now, between 21 and 45 million people are trapped in slavery. At least 5.5 million of those are children. CNN Although slavery is outlawed in every country, criminals earn more than $150 Billion every year from enslaving people. But you can do… #MyFreedomDay: Students… Read More »

Gold Logie 2016 winner Waleed Aly stuns with powerful speech

Television presenter Waleed Aly silenced his critics with a stunning victory at the annual TV Week Logie Awards last night. Aly, who co-hosts Ten’s news panel program The Project, was one of six personalities up for the night’s top award – the publicly-voted Gold Logie – and, with SBS presenter Lee Lin Chin, had been branded a controversial inclusion by some quarters of the media… Source: Gold Logie 2016 winner Waleed Aly stuns with powerful speech Read More »