Saturday 24 August, 1:30-2:15pm

Hossein Valamanesh


ACE Open


Free, no bookings required.

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Join artist Hossein Valamanesh in conversation with independent curator Talia Smith (NSW), as they discuss Valamanesh’s’ 2019 South Australian Artist Commission exhibition, In Love, currently exhibiting at ACE Open.

The program is taking place as part of the West End Creative Precinct Artist Talk Series as part of SALA Festival. Hear from some of South Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists in this series of free artist talks held at ACE Open, JamFactory and Samstag Museum.

1:30pm, Hossein Valamanesh, ACE Open

2.30pm, Angela Valamanesh, JamFactory

3.30pm, Louise Haselton, Samstag Museum

HOSSEIN VALAMANESH was born in 1949 in Iran and graduated from the School of fine art in Tehran in 1970. He immigrated to Australia in 1973. and graduated from South Australian School of Art, 1977. He has exhibited in Australia and overseas including Germany, Poland, Japan, Pakistan, Finland, UK, Canada and Iran

With Angela Valamanesh he has completed a number of major public art commissions including An Gorta Mor, memorial to the Great Irish Famine, 1999, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney and 14 Pieces on North Terrace, in Adelaide and Ginkgo Gate, a new western entrance to the Botanic Gardens, Adelaide.

He was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship 1998. His work is included in most major public Australian art collections. A major survey of his work was held at the Art Gallery of South Australia in mid 2001 and Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, 2002. In 2014 he undertook a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in Washington DC.

In 2011 Wakefield Press published a monograph of his work, titled Hossein Valamanesh: Out of nothingness, with essays by Mary Knights and Ian North.

He lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia and is represented by GAGPROJECTS Adelaide, Grey Noise Dubai.

TALIA SMITH is an artist and curator of Cook Island, Samoan and New Zealand European heritage. She is originally from New Zealand but is now based in Sydney, Australia. She has curated shows at Artbank, Firstdraft, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Artspace and Cement Fondu. Her curatorial practice focuses on themes around time, memory and dis/location as well as providing platforms for diverse voices – with a particular focus on contemporary emerging pacific heritage practices. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Art Almanac, Art New Zealand and Running Dog. She was the founder and co-director of Cold Cuts Project Space and the Chair of Runway Australian Experimental Art (2017-2018). She is currently completing her Masters of Fine Arts at UNSW.