23 August – 9 September 2017

Curated by Kate Warren + Channels Festival

Wednesday 6 September, 2017 | Artist Talk | 5.30- 6pm followed by Drinks with the artist | 6 - 8pm

Atong Atem

For BLINDSIDE Screen Series 2017 Channels Festival 2017 presents a new commission by Melbourne-based South Sudanese artist Atong Atem, continuing her ongoing interest and research into migrant narratives, postcolonial practices, and the exploration of self and identity.

Atong Atem is a Melbourne based artist whose work gravitates around her South Sudanese heritage and its relation to forming identity in Australia. Selected exhibitions include: Us, Customs House, Sydney, 2017; The Process of Feeling, Centre for Contemporary Photography, 2017; Rec Room, Interlude Gallery, Sydney, 2016; Make Nice, Vivid Ideas, 2016; Nataal- New African Photography, Red Hooks Lab, Brooklyn, 2016; Ua numi le fau, Gertrude Contemporary, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, 2016; Ouroboros, First Draft, Sydney, 2015; and Stayfly Sydney Block Party, Ambush Gallery, Sydney, 2013. Atem was the inaugural winner of MELT Portrait Prize 2016, presented in conjunction with Brisbane Powerhouse.

Channels, The Australian Video Art Festival is the only festival dedicated to showcasing new contemporary moving image by some of the most exciting Australian and international artists. Presented from 1 – 10 September 2017, Channels will deliver a diverse and inspiring festival of exhibitions, screenings, talks, public engagement programs and a series of international exhibitions and events.
In 2017 we look to the future. In dialogue with artists, curators and the community, Channels poses an open question about the future and speculative narratives which explore the uncharted territory of histories yet to be established. The theme ‘futures’ is an invitation to artists and collaborators who are experimental and innovative with their medium and ideas, exploring future selves, ideas, movements, politics and technologies.

IMAGE | Atong Atem, Self Portrait as a Martian. Image courtesy of the artist.

Channels is supported the City of Melbourne Annual Arts Grants Program and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.