CURIOSITY & RITUALS OF THE EVERYDAY
an international exhibition
+ conference + fashion event
+ festival of Indian Ocean craft
Sep-Nov 2021 in Western Australia
The Indian Ocean Craft Triennial brings together artists, makers, and crafted works from a selection of countries from around the Indian Ocean Rim (IOR).
Based on the theme of ‘Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday’, exhibitions and events are taking place in Western Australia from September to November 2021.
Through stories and conversations we explore our innate curiosity and the rituals that connect us through the medium of craft and the handmade, at home and across the ocean.
Exhibition partners John Curtin Gallery and Fremantle Arts Centre staged the central exhibition, curated by Jude, Maggie and Carola, to showcase ambitious work of selected lead international and Australian artists.
In complement, the festival program of exhibitions and events presents a broad diversity of craft practices by Western Australian-based artists at major institutions, artist-run collectives, regional galleries, local government arts facilities, and in craft-specific workshops and studios.
We thank Lotterywest for supporting the festival program, and the WA state government for supporting so many craft artist initiated activities in IOTA21.
"Craft is time-layering of object and story...
...craft is the repetition of ritual that happens over and over again."
A new body of work by multidisciplinary artist Tineke Van der Eecken explores the fibres of flora, fauna, and human systems
6 NOVEMBER - 19 DECEMBER, MUNDARING ARTS CENTRE
Image: Tineke Van der Eecken, Tread lightly #2 (detail), 2021, corrosion cast horse hoof courtesy of Dr Christophe Casteleyn and Dr Sofie Muylle, Department of Morphology, Ghent University, Wire Sculpture in Silver, 23 x 5.5 x 6cm, Photo Yasmin Eghtesadi
Explore the International Exhibition
The international exhibition at the centre of IOTA21 was presented across two venues: Fremantle Arts Centre and John Curtin Gallery, where visitors experienced significant installations by over 30 artists from 8 countries.
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IOTA21 Opening Events
The opening week of IOTA21 saw a spectacular celebration of Indian Ocean cultures at FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE.
The FUTURING CRAFT conference addressed matters that traverse craft from design, environment, economies and fundamental human rights.
The CURIOSITY & THE CLOTH - IOTA21 fashion event - was a joyful and energetic affair in the new WA Museum Boola Bardip. Selected garments from the show are now available for purchase in Perth from designers Akaaro, Bajra, Kanapot, Padmaja, and Creative Culture.