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Empty Pockets
Curated by Sineenart Meena

Linda Sok, Salt Water Deluge (Tucoerah River), 2021 presented as part of 'Empty Pockets', curated by Sineenart Meena at Gertrude Glasshouse. Photo: Chrisitan Capurro.
Linda Sok, Salt Water Deluge (Tucoerah River), 2021 presented as part of 'Empty Pockets', curated by Sineenart Meena at Gertrude Glasshouse. Photo: Chrisitan Capurro.

18 November -
17 December 2022

Gertrude Glasshouse

44 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood

Thursday - Saturday, 12 -5pm 

Artists: Kay Abude, Kirtika Kain, James Nguyen, Linda Sok
Curator: Sineenart Meena

Since the early 2000s the Gertrude Emerging Curator Program has supported early practice curators through a mentorship program to develop a new exhibition and is presented in alternate years. The program is Gertrude’s mechanism to support early practice curators as a means to provide professional development and present a project within a public outcome. Over the years, many of Australia’s most interesting young curators have participated in the program and gone on to forge significant careers in the arts working in major public institutions in Australia and internationally. 

In 2022, the Gertrude Emerging Curator Program exhibition Empty Pockets will be developed by Sineenart Meena and held at Gertrude Glasshouse.

The narrative of migrant labour identifies Australia within the image of the land of hope and dreams. Melbourne, with its deep connection to the history of Australia’s labour movement, is an ideal location from which to reflect on labour tied to waves of migration historically and currently. In Empty Pockets, artists with migrant backgrounds living in Australia, come together to contest hierarchical power, developing a conversation around how their works intertwine with histories of labour. Across various outcomes, including installation, textile and sculpture, the artists' 'work' is revisited through a new dialogue connecting personal experiences with a broader conversation and questions on labour, particularly within the art 'industry'.

Artists

Public Program
James Nguyen, ‘On The Border Of Things (Part 3, gloves)’ , 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

In Conversation: Kay Abude, James Nguyen, Kirtika Kain, Sophia Cai and Sineenart Meena

Artist TalkSaturday 19 November, 3amGertrude Glasshouse

From 2pm, join artists Kay Abude, Kirtika Kain and James Nguyen for an artist talk on-site at Gertrude Glasshouse, followed by Sineenart Meena and Sophia Cai in conversation as they discuss starting out as a curator in a contemporary art context. 

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Essay
James Nguyen with Thị Kim Dung, Flatbed Knit Polo Collars, 2015, presented as part of 'Empty Pockets', curated by Sineenart Meena at Gertrude Glasshouse. Photo: Chrisitan Capurro.

Empty Pockets
Neha Kale

To be a migrant in this place we call Australia is to be an eternal worker. It’s to forever embody a ‘work ethic.’ It’s to strive faster, longer, harder. It’s to submit to the silent understanding that the shiny things you were promised — a house, a job, the ground on which you stand — demand your endless labour.

By Neha Kale

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The Gertrude Glasshouse Program is supported by the City of Yarra 2022 Annual Grants Program.

This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Gertrude Glasshouse is generously supported by Michael Schwarz and David Clouston.

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Gertrude Contemporary

Wurundjeri Country
21-31 High Street
Preston South VIC
Melbourne, Australia

Opening hours:
Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm

Gertrude Glasshouse

Wurundjeri Country
44 Glasshouse Road
Collingwood VIC
Melbourne, Australia

Opening hours:
Thursday–Saturday 12–5pm