SCA Exhibition: friends, relations, lovers and ancestors – School of Art Communication and English SCA Exhibition: friends, relations, lovers and ancestors – School of Art Communication and English

SCA Exhibition: friends, relations, lovers and ancestors

friends, relations, lovers and ancestors

SCA Gallery x sydenham international

This exhibition focuses on the work of Helen Grace, presenting a selection of her films, and centering her work in a conversation extended through other contemporary practices. Works by five artists both connect to thematic concerns and technical approaches within Grace’s practice and allow us to circle back to consider her work from new perspectives. This exhibition is staged simultaneously across SCA Gallery and sydenham international, a new experimental art space in Sydney’s Inner West.

The project is part of SCA Gallery’s annual series partnering with an Artist Run Initiative that highlights the dynamic and collaborative activities of contemporary ARIs and connects the institution to independent projects. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of talks with artists and academics. Details coming soon.

Artists: Helen Grace with Kay Abude, Sarah Rodigari, Grant Stevens, Leyla Stevens and Shan Turner-Carroll

Opening: 6pm-8pm, Wednesday, 10 August, 2022
Exhibition: 11 August – 10 September 2022


Location: SCA Gallery, Old Teachers’ College, Manning Road, The University of Sydney, Camperdown.

Banner image: Helen Grace, ‘ROMANCE‘ (2015). Video Still. Courtesy the artist.

Public Programs

  • Closing Drinks & Reading Group led by Sarah Rodigari
  • Date: 3pm-4pm, Saturday 3 September, 2022
  • Location: sydenham international, 81 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville



Helen Grace is a new media artist, filmmaker, writer and academic whose work has played an active role in the development of art, cinema, photography, cultural studies and education in Australia and regionally for 30 years. Elements of art and politics intertwine in her work as she draws on the past to reflect on the present. Her work has featured issues relating to women in public and private lives and has been instrumental in interrogating the manner of structuring living spaces; the ways of organising working and living within them, and how to exercise freedom in the everyday.


Grant Stevens is an Australian artist based on Bidjigal and Gadigal lands (Sydney). Working predominantly with computer graphics, moving image, and photography, his practice explores the various ways that digital technologies and conventions of representation mediate our inner worlds, social realities, and interpersonal relationships. His recent works tap into therapeutic responses to today’s cult of speed and hyperactivity. Stock photography, mood music, guided meditations, and borrowed phrases remain important reference points, as Stevens uses the tools of visual culture to reflect on its ironies and paradoxes.


Kay Abude is an artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). Her practice spans diverse media, including sculpture, large-scale installation, photography, performance, video, and silk screen printing. Her works, often utilising text, function as provocations and explore themes of work, labour and money.  Abude questions the ways in which we value different kinds of work and worker, the sustainability of present-day systems of manufacturing and trade, and the possibility of supporting oneself as an artist or arts worker long-term. With her garments often worn by workers, Abude acknowledges the artistry that these individuals bring to their professions.


Leyla Stevens is an Australian-Balinese artist who works within moving image and photography. Her practice is informed by ongoing concerns around gesture, ritual, spatial encounters and transculturation. Working within modes of representation that shift between documentary and speculative fictions, her interest lies in the recuperation of counter histories within dominant narratives. She finds and tells alternative histories, tracing the spectres and remnants of forgotten or willfully erased stories, most often about Bali’s colonial and diasporic past (and present).


Sarah Rodigari’s work is an ongoing practice of wrong reading, continually ‘off-script’, Rodigari seeks to elaborate the gap between the performative and the social, creating text-based performances and installations which address the social and political potential of art. Often minor in scale and poetic in address, through site-specific encounters, Sarah’s work takes a variety of forms, from endurance actions, to performance scripts, sculpture, audio-visual, and text-based works, creating new readings from multiple sites and perspectives.Through strategies of humility, absurdity and contradiction, Rodigari’s practice seeks to both render visible the given conditions of labour – the common sense that prevails, or the ‘script’ – and the potential for this script to be otherwise. Within their work, ‘wrong’ becomes contested and contingent – perhaps resistance, perhaps critique, or something else all together.


Shan Turner-Carroll is an Australian artist of Burmese descent. Deeply fascinated with unearthing tacit knowledge, his practice integrates mediums including photography, sculpture, performance and film. The artist’s practice interrogates both human and non-human nature, alternative forms of social exchange and interactions between art, artist and viewer: sending and receiving signals. His work can sing to snakes, serenade and signal with aliens, and barter with islands, rivers, and oceans. Looking towards the multiplicity of connections between body and landscape, site-specificity is key to his practice, not only in making, but rather in how an embodied methodology of making emerges upon each site and location. Turner-Carroll sees art-making as ritualistic and transformative, using play, humour and experimentation as key elements within his current practice.


Aug 11 2022 - Sep 10 2022


SCA Gallery
Level 2, Old Teachers College, Manning Road, The University of Sydney Camperdown, 2050


Sydney College of the Arts
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