GEORGE GITTOES | In Conversation Australian artist and filmmaker George Gittoes has been traveling the world for 40 years visiting extreme situations – war zones, natural disasters and places where violence and fanaticism feature as part of everyday life. For this in-conversation, Gittoes will discuss his attraction to dangerous places and how he tells stories of trauma and healing through his creative practice.
The in-conversation will take place in along the exhibition on being here, a retrospective of Gittoes work throughout his life. This collection of works provides an extraordinary insight into the life of the artist, beginning with founding the Yellow House, during the 70’s Vietnam War protests, through to his work in some of the world’s most notorious battle zones – Afghanistan, Cambodia, Palestine, Rwanda, South Africa and most recently, South Chicago USA where Gun crime is at an all-time highest level.
This discussion offers an insight into what motivates this artist and how emotionally charged contexts can become sites for bravery, resilience and hope and creativity. By discussing the spiritual and moral implications of art-making amongst despairing situations, Gittoes and his questions and whether this is inimical to human survival and preservation of history.
Local high school students studying George Gittoes as part of the Visual Arts Higher School Certificate are encouraged to attend and view the exhibition on being here as part of the event.DATE Friday 28 May TIME 11am to 12pm