The Indian Ocean Craft Triennial (IOTA) is a new festival that celebrates the traditions and rituals of contemporary craft, bringing together makers, artists and crafted works from countries around the Indian Ocean Rim.
IOTA’s inaugural exhibition, Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday will present the work of 37 artists across two venues: Fremantle Arts Centre and John Curtin Gallery.
Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday and the broader festival program offer a new lens on contemporary craft across the Indian Ocean Rim – acknowledging its power as a ritual and a social practice, capable of enhancing community innovation, resilience and economic development.
From the exquisitely detailed textiles and embroidery works of Jakkai Siributr (Thailand), to the painted carpentry of Ishan Khosla (India) and his team of artisans, the exhibition will showcase strikingly modern installations and stories of our time that are firmly planted in craft traditions.
IOTA21 Curators Jude van der Merwe, Maggie Baxter and Carola Akindele-Obe will lead free tours of the exhibition with tours running for approximately one hour throughout the month.
A series of Artist Talks allows audiences to join exhibiting artists at free and engaging sessions discussing the works they’ve created for the exhibition. These include sessions with Wuthigrai Siriphon and Liz Williamson; Sarah Elson and Susie Vickery; and Sharyn Egan.