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Leyla Stevens: Labours for colour

June 19 - September 29

Image: Leyla Stevens, video still from Labours for colour, 2021. 2-channel video with sound, 16 minutes. Courtesy: the artist and Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney.

Labours for colour is a new moving image artwork by Australian-Balinese artist Leyla Stevens, staged in response to Dr John Yu’s collection of Southeast Asian textiles and artefacts on display as part of the exhibition Upacara: Ceremonial art from Southeast Asia.

The video weaves in a reflection on the diasporic condition of cultural objects, as they migrate around the world through collection practices. As a counterpoint lineage, documentation is shown of textile artisans on the Balinese island of Nusa Penida and the labours they enact to produce the cepuk style weaving that the island is known for. Moving through various stages of textile production, from the harvesting of plant dyes, to the final weaving, the video focuses on highly skilled gestures that bring these textiles to life. Through this interweaving of disparate places and processes, the video invites a consideration of the many hands that touch and shape a textile during its trajectory from ritualised object to collected artefact.

Please note: the gallery is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, click here to read about the exhibition online.

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Details

Start:
June 19
End:
September 29

Gallery Name

Mosman Art Gallery
Phone:
+61 2 9978 4178
Email:
gallery@mosman.nsw.gov.au
Website:
mosmanartgallery.org.au

Venue

Mosman Art Gallery
1 Art Gallery Way
Mosman, NSW Australia
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Details

Start:
June 19
End:
September 29

Gallery Name

Mosman Art Gallery
Phone:
+61 2 9978 4178
Email:
gallery@mosman.nsw.gov.au
Website:
mosmanartgallery.org.au

Venue

Mosman Art Gallery
1 Art Gallery Way
Mosman, NSW Australia
+ Google Map