Monday, December 3, 2007

Thursdays at Twenty-One

Ana Tiquia and sofia at Thursdays at Twenty One
on Thursday 6th December 

Thursdays at Twenty-One: A series of monthly exhibitions showcasing contemporary work by emerging artists in an experimental setting.

Thursdays at Twenty-One is an exciting new artist-run-initiative (ARI), at Magill, South Australia, that doubles as the suburban home of its two founding members and curators: sofia and amira h..

At Thursdays at Twenty-One the emphasis is not so much upon highly resolved or 'slick' art works as is it upon experimentation with form and media. Painting and other traditional media are welcome however - when prepared to get 'off the wall' to perform, install and (by all means) push the envelope.

Most importantly, artists who propose to exhibit at Thursdays at Twenty-One are asked to consider the house as a ready-made - contextualised within a paradigm of Australian domestic life. How cool is that?!

Thursdays at Twenty-One is an experimental space and project therefore, artists can "just go for it", experimenting as they please, via a process that is bounded only by ongoing consultation with the resident curators. Initially, exhibiting artists will be required to meet with the two curators to discuss the work and it's placement within the house. amira h. and sofia are also willing to contribute to the resolution of any formal and/or installation problems that might arise.

"We would like for the house as an environment to be considered as a "ready-made" something that artists can come towards and utilise to express their ideas rather than just exhibit in. So we may push for work that really stands out from our home setting. However we are open to any methods for this to happen. Work doesn't have to be simply site-specific. It can interject, play and manipulate, we are even happy to see the house being used as a backdrop. As long as the space is considered as an integral role in the contextualising or installing of the work."

Thursdays at Twenty-One opens for opening night only
First Thursday of every month

(unless otherwise stated)


sofia tends to be categorised as a video and installation artist and enjoys creating objects onto which video images are projected. sofia's other, object based installations, often give aesthetic cinematic and photographic reference to her formal training and background in photography and film.

Currently, sofia is using self-portraiture as a means to explore visual representations and interpretations of identity. These video and text based portraits employ text as a form of auto-portraiture.

amira h.

amira h.'s art practice is predominantly performance based, although, at times, objects accompany her as she places herself, bodily, within the work. For instance, amira frequently performs in a modified bridal gown, itself anobjet d' art. Objects also intrigue and compel viewer response as an aspect of interactive performances.

amira h. invites the viewer to consider and question their own assumptions and expectations concerning gender, sexuality and power whilst she stands on the dichotomous altar of her identity as a female of muslim heritage with artistic aspirations.

TO APPLY to exhibit at Thursdays at Twenty-One you need to, in the first instance, send sofia and/or amira.h. an email that includes:

IMAGE1] a brief outline of the proposal
2] a few images
3] your contact details

For the future....

Currently casseroling in the Thurdays at Twenty One oven is an idea to publish a newsletter or zine that documents the exhibitions at the Magill residence. This could take the form of one publication per exhibition or that of a retrospective publication documenting the project as a whole.

Skanky Jane's paradigm of
Australian domestic life.

PHOTO: SJ [1993]

ADDRESS: 21 Koongarra Avenue, Magill 5072
PHONE: 0401465656 
PHONE: 0406009973
EMAIL: calsy010[at]students[dot]unisa[dot]edu[dot]au

A letter of support (for the purpose of grant applications) can be provided to exhibiting artists upon request.


Artlife, Team 2006, 'New Model ARI'the art life, 3/4/07.

Artswipe, The 2007, 'The Greatest Artist in the World'The Artswipe, 27/10/07.

Brown, Lauren 2006, 'Top 10 reasons why getting involved in an ARI will change your life'she sees red, 27/8/06.

S, Michelle 2007, 'Artist Run Initiatives', this is a list and Word doc. download of Australian ARI's,, 19/10/07.

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