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July 6, 2012

Bruce Ferguson was invited to give a talk during the third week of the 18th Biennale of Sydney with the title ‘Not In The Age Of The Pharaohs’.

Four examples of works of art prior to the revolution loosely known as the Arab Spring in Egypt to show how good art is symptomatic of political and societal issues and ills.  The talk will include a wide variety of images from the revolution together with a discussion of the issues surrounding the contested word “revolution” as well as references to an Egyptian literature of discontent that preceded the four works by many decades as well as a discussion of the difference between works of art and representations per se.

One of the works of art discussed was by an artist who was assassinated by police forces in Tahrir Square and who has become a forceful symbol of the martyrdom of many other courageous and creative people.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday 11th July , 2012 in the Art Gallery of New South Wales at 7:15pm as part of their Art after hours program following a Biennale exhibition floortalk.

The Biennale of Sydney is an international festival of contemporary art held every two years in Sydney Australia. It is the larges and most attended contemporary visual arts event alongside the Venice, Sao Paolo Biennales, as well as the longest running exhibitions of its kind.

in memory of Nick Waterlo:    Nick Waterlow, a curator, academic and writer at the University of New South Wales for many years, died in 2009. Nick was well known and respected expert on the history of art in Australia and was notable for curating at the Biennale of Sydney. He contributed immeasurably to the Australian Arts Community across his lifetime and in celebrating his memory, the Biennale has instituted the position of The Nick Waterlow Curatorial Fellow to honor and continue Nick’s legacy of scholarship to support young and emerging curators.

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