Words: Rose of Sharon Leake
After a decade Australia’s most significant long-term commissioning program of new contemporary moving image art by Australian artists comes to an end. The final $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC) was today awarded to Sydney-based paint, sculpture, video installation, and performance artist Angela Tiatia, who is represented by Sydney’s Sullivan+Strumpf. “We’re delighted to award Angela Tiatia the 2022 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, said IPMIC judging panel chair and ACMI director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick OAM. “It was a highly competitive field of applicants but her proposed work was so striking in its vision for the entire jury that she was the unanimous choice.”
The commission will make possible Tiatia’s new video work, Liminal Persuasions (working title), which will premiere at ACMI, Melbourne in 2022 and enter the ACMI Collection. Through her career, Tiatia has explored contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place, often through the lenses of history and popular culture. Her new work Liminal Persuasions continues these avenues of thought. It will address the collapse of the private vs public, the real vs the augmented and the intimate vs the spectacle – tensions that both reflect and are responsible for the chaotic and overwhelming feeling of the current moment.
“It’s an honour to work together with organisations that have such an ambitious vision for the role the arts can play in Australia,” said Tiatia of her win. “I am so excited to have this opportunity to further develop my practice in ways that I have been unable to in the past and explore new directions.”
Angela Tiatia’s 2022 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission Liminal Persuasions will premiere at ACMI, Melbourne in 2022.
Image: Angela Tiatia, Narcissus, 2019. Single-channel 2k High Definition video, colour, 13 minutes, 11 seconds Edition of 5 + 2 AP. Courtesy: the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney.