Opening 07.08.19 6-8pm
Artist Talks 29.08.19 6-7pm
Rosell migrated from the Philippines to Merrylands as a refugee child with her family. The experience of dislocation and social isolation has shaped her artistic practice. In Filipino culture, a highly religious and Christian nation, art serves a central role; of defining one's place in society and maintaining social structures, and is commonly reflected in the interplay between performance, music, dance and art. 'Tahana', 2019, is born as much from Visayan, Thai and also Malaysian word for home or refuge as the artist's own negative and positive experience as a migrant. In Indonesian, Visayan denotes a prisoner or detainee. Tahanan explores what it means to come from a nation which is one of the world's largest diaspora groups. The house skin is made of textiles, sourced from Op shops (charity shops) and donations which forms the canvas for the artist's painting. The structure itself acts as a refuge, a place for gathering, a place of welcome and acceptance. Throughout the exhibition, the interior will be transformed into a meeting or social space to share food, experiences and exchange stories.
Written by Carmel Aiello
Rosell Flatley is a visual artist, art performer, educator and curator who’s work explores cultural identity, the female form and mental health. Rosell has become well known for her bold and beautiful murals, sharp graphic designs and colourful illustrations. She is a local artist and supporter of unheard voices, particularly amongst creatives battling mental health, sexual identity and cultural diversity and identity. Rosell’s most recent work, a performance piece where she takes on the pseudonym of Indai, a Fillipina woman who is portrayed as a submissive, home-bound, sexual plaything. She interrogates this western stereotyped ideal through hyper sexualised force feeding of the traditional Filipino food “Adobo”. Indai becomes the stereotype, while simultaneously seizing the power of the audience through her interactions.
Rosell is also a founder of New Moon Collective, a community art and engagement collective which is currently running a community engagement program at Thirning Villa, Ashfield.
ROSELL FLATLEY, Tahanan, 2019, timber, recycled fabric, canvas, paint, 240 × 260 cm, at “Stomping Ground,” Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, Smithfield, 2019. Photo by Josh Morris Photography. Courtesy FCMG