Visual Arts

Let our visual arts program delight, engage and perhaps challenge you.

The first major Australian exhibition of work by South Korean Kimsooja, magical major installations of Yemen-born artist Zadok Ben-David, and Australian artist Latai Taumoepeau’s video installation all take on the most urgent issues of our times – globalisation, migration and climate change.

Acclaimed as one of the standout works of the 2017 Venice Biennale, New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana’s animated panorama critically re-imagines historical accounts of Captain Cook’s Pacific exploration, while Australian Nat Randall blurs the line between reality and fiction in her 24-hour spellbinding live performance The Second Woman.

Perth-born artists stage solo exhibitions that explore the darker side of history in our home state of WA. Pilar Mata Dupont’s new film re-enacts the eradication of invasive flora at an Indigenous sacred site, while Christopher Charles investigates a Japanese cult’s activities in the outback in his first Australian exhibition. 

Collectively, the visual arts program this year will delight, engage and perhaps challenge you with its rich array of visually eloquent responses to the world in which we live.

The Works

Art Adventure

Weekend two of the Festival plays host to the big Art Adventure. On Saturday 17 February join Festival Curators Anne Loxley and Felicity Fenner on a visual arts tour of Festival Exhibitions. Meet the artists and hear from them about their visually eloquent responses to the world.

10am Join Chris Malcom – Director of John Curtin Gallery for a conversation around Lisa Reihana’s must see exhibition.

11.30am Explore Latai Taumopeau’s Repatriate at  Fremantle Arts Centre with Anne Loxley.

1pm At Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Professor Ted Snell and Felicity Fenner take you through Zadok Ben-David‘s breathtaking installations.

3pm Join a conversation with Pilar Mata Dupont and FORM Curator Mollie Hewitt on Dupont’s Undesirable Bodies at FORM Gallery.

4pm At Gallery Central delve into Perth’s Christopher Charles’ work Banjawarn.

5pm Art Gallery of WA

5.30pm Join PICA Senior Curator Eugenio Viola and Kimsooja at  Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts for a  discussion on her work followed by drinks and nibbles to finish up an extraordinary day of immersion in brilliant art.