Artist Talk: Raymond Zada
DatesSat 26 Aug 2023
Join artist Raymond Zada for a free talk on using art as a platform for social commentary.
By addressing the dominant cultures that affect our lives, art can give us a voice, power, and a sense of control.
In presenting a catalogue of his works, this talk will delve into the power of imagery in igniting conversations, challenging norms, and inspiring empathy.
Raymond is a visual artist working primarily with photography, printmaking, video, and digital design. Through innovative techniques he examines and presents the complexities of Australian history and the disconnect between language and reality.
About the artist
Raymond Zada is an Adelaide-based visual artist working primarily with photography, video, and digital design. He’s also an award-winning radio broadcaster with 13 years’ experience in production, presentation, and technical operation.
In 2013, Raymond won the New Media category of the 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory for his work, Sorry. This powerful work examines the complexities of Australian history and the disconnect between language and reality.
In 2012, he won the Works on Paper category of the 29th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award for his work, racebook. An edition of 10, racebook has been acquired by several public galleries in Australia and overseas as well as private collections.
Raymond was a writer, producer and performer in OutBlak Adventures which toured regional South Australia in 2010 and explored themes of family and sexuality. This confronting, educational and emotionally engaging production won a Ruby Award for Community Impact Under $100,000.
Born in Adelaide in 1971, Raymond grew up in Port Augusta and Marree, South Australia. He is Barkandji with Afghan and Scottish heritage.
Banner image: Raymond Zada, Barkandji people, New South Wales, Bloodline 2023, Adelaide, Kaurna Country, enamel on etched acrylic panels. 12 panels: 2.5 x 45.0 cm each.
Courtesy and © the artist. Photo: Christian Capurro
Image: Raymond Zada at Mutawintji, 2022. Photo by: Nici Cumpston
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program and has received development assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Enjoy learning about artists and their processes?
Stick around after Raymond’s artist talk for a performance and talk by composer/pianist Luke Howard with digital artist Simon Burgin (Responsve) at Art Bites: Music and Art Synergy.
Saturday 26 August
3.00 pm – 4.00 pm