Correspondence of Imaginary Places

Correspondence of Imaginary Places is an exhibition of material produced as part of a wider, international partnership between ABC No Rio in New York and the Cementa17 Art Festival in Kandos, NSW. The CoIP artists explored how we imagine places we have never visited by creating works in distant locations through dialogue with another artist on-site. The creation of the artworks took place in two stages with two groups of artists: seven at ABC No Rio, in Manhattan, paired with seven artists at Birds Hut near Kandos, NSW for Cementa17 Festival.

In the first stage of the partnership (March 2017), each Australian artist directed an instructional artwork for their American artist-partner to manifest, perform, and document somewhere in Manhattan. The second stage, which took place between April 6-9, 2017, inverted the relationship and each American artist directed their Australian artist-partner to manifest an artwork at Birds Hut Ganguddy in the rural landscape near Kandos as part of the Cementa17 Festival.

CoIP investigates cultural realities of navigating a global society across the real and imagined conceptual, environmental and socio-political distances that it spans. The project was conceived by Alex Wisser (Australia) and Scott Seabolt (USA). It is curated by Alex Wisser and Sarah Breen Lovett in Australia, along with Scott Seabolt, Jill O’Bryan and Kate Ruck as Curatorial Assistant in America.

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