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In Conversation: Dani Marti & José Da Silva

3 September 2020
5:30pm - 6:15pm
UNSW Galleries, online program


Dani Marti uses the body as a central subject in his work, exploring ideas of vulnerability, exchange, intimacy and pleasure. Together with UNSW Galleries Director José Da Silva, Marti discusses his practice across video and painting, including the major video installation Notes For Bob (2012–16), that navigates issues of power and care in human relationships.

Dani Marti is an artist working between Sydney, Australia and Glasgow, U.K in video, installation and public art. Combining hand-woven ‘canvases’ and video documentary as a kind of portraiture, Marti strives to get beneath the ‘surface’ of family, friends, lovers, and strangers. These psychological, sociological, emotional, and often graphic physical depictions push ethical boundaries, raising difficult questions about relationships, gay encounters, intimacy and trust, while questioning the role of the artist, the power of the video camera and the cultural politics of the viewer.

As public galleries throughout Australia remain temporarily closed, Friendship as a Way of Life will open to the public when restrictions lift and will extend to 21 November 2020. This public program will be delivered online. Please register to receive the link to the event. 

Join the live event | 5:30 – 6:15pm Thursday 3 September 2020 (AEST) 


Image: Dani Marti Notes for Bob 2012-16. Eight-channel video installation; 2:1, 5k UHD video. Image courtesy: the artist; GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide; ARC ONE GALLERY, Melbourne; and Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney