Platforms we love to support: Antidote
Combating apathy, one artwork at a time.
Antidote is an online art platform that believes in the compassionate, world-changing power of storytelling. As the world hunkers down into its fearful silos of opposing opinions, the voice of artists – as optimists, truth-tellers, activists and revolutionaries – is needed more than ever. Through a series of interviews and quarterly exhibitions, we bring together the best creative minds across visual art, film, theatre, dance and literature in a conversation about important social issues. In order for us to delve a little deeper – we focus on one issue per quarter, subverting mainstream news reporting by exploring the multiplicity of personal stories that make up part of a larger whole.
As Founder and Artistic Director, Grace Partridge explains, the platform is a new concept not- before-seen on Australian shores:
The website focuses on one issue per quarter, subverting mainstream news reporting by exploring the multiplicity of personal stories that make up part of a larger whole.
Alongside the website, Antidote presents a series of exhibitions, the first iteration of which, titled Anthropocene, opened at Airspace Projects Gallery in Marrickville from March 3 – 18, coinciding with Art Month and International Women’s Day. The exhibition featured work by Kawita Vatanajyankur, Andy Mullens, Nicole Monks and Laura Doggett of Another Kind of Girl Collective.
Curated by Grace Partridge, the first iteration of ‘Antidote’ is an exploration of the female body and the land on which it survives and thrives. Themed ‘Anthropocene’, the works manifest subversive views of this newly discovered and somewhat contentious geological epoch, in which the earth is defined by its negative interaction with human kind. The four artists chosen investigate unique stories of female bodies through a cross-cultural lens, while eliciting how they engage with their physical land – as well as the socio-political issues and cultural questions that may arise from such an interaction.
Read more about the exhibition here