Inspired by a show in Monaco in 2011 by Indian artist George Kuruvilla called ʻA World Without Womenʼ an idea took form and turned into an international group exhibition and a symposium in Sydney. The fundamental thought of this symposium relates to the 84 million missing women, that are dying in India and China each year due to lack of access to healthcare, malnutrition and selective abortion. The female infanticide and the deteriorating gender ratios in the worldʼs most populous nations, China and India, alters reality and presents an imbalance.
Geka by George Kuruvilla, 2009
The artist uses the head as a gender representation, the newspaper laminated skin on the sculpture as the skin of the world, and ʻnewsʼ as metaphor fur current reality of public indifference to the malice. Art presents reality and altered reality, space between the past and the present, existence and myth. The paper flowers portray the fragile state of being, while the artist contemplates on duality, existence and maya or the illusion of life.
Human & City by Park Dae-Cho, 2010-11
This symposium will invite questions regarding the topic and all those questions around the fate of women in our society. We will be looking at history, how fate took its course the way it did, and why women are disregarded, disliked, disrespected and even hated so much, due to a culture of domination and exploitation until this day and age …. perhaps the future holds a promise for women, to perhaps even becoming ʻgoddessesʼ at the turn of the ages, entering a possible golden age, where men and women are truly equal!
Saraswati by Vicki Grace, 2012
What does mankind have to do for this? What is expected from each one of us for this huge change to happen, a paradigm where women are valued ? And how will this change of consciousness in both men and women alike manifest and benefit all.
Prof Julian Droogan, historian of Asian Art and cross-cultural understanding, lecturer at Macquarie University
Jo Elms, jazz singer and composer
Cimone-Louise Fung, writes for Insight Magazine, presenter at MB&S, clairvoyant
Vicki Grace Sydney artist, showing abstract paintings depicting Indian goddesses
George Kuruvilla Indian sculptor
Conny Dietzschold, director Synergies Symposia 2010, 2011 + 2012, director Conny Dietzschold Gallery Sydney | Cologne | Hong Kong
The symposium will be held Sat 14 July 2012 4 – 6 pm – 99 Crown Street, East Sydney and is part of a series of Dialogues in 2012 that connect to the Sydney Synergies Symposium – New Consciousness for our Future 2010 + 2011 + 2012.
Exhibition runs 4 July – 4 August 2012.