2008 Emu Wear
video by Ross Rudesch Harley and Maria Fernanda Cardoso
This video installation at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre documented emu feather outfits made by Maria Fernanda Cardoso and worn by a professional model.
Part performance, part fashion, part “animal-morphism”, this video sits side by side with the racks of emu wear and wall pieces on display at the Museum.
From their website:
Casula Powerhouse commissioned Australia’s hottest contemporary visual artists to transform the newly refurbished arts centre into a spectacle of colour, texture and movement. Combined, the artists have 40 biennales between them, and are among the most exciting practitioners today. The exhibition features 12 new works, in a variety of mediums including sculpture, painting, installation and textiles.
Like most Australians the artists have cultural and family ties in other places and it is this which informs their work. Australian celebrates the complexity that makes this country such an interesting place to live and presents some of the freshest and most dynamic work being created in this country today.
Maria Fernanda Cardoso collaborating with Ross Rudesch Harley, Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy, Shaun Gladwell, David Griggs, Gordon Hookey, Dani Marti, Raquel Ormella, Nike Savvas and Stephen Little, Sardar Sinjawi, Suzann Victor, Savanhdary Vongpoothorn collaborating with Richard Johnson and Guan Wei
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