PANEL DISCUSSION // A Third Space : Transience and Identity in the Transnational :: April 20

Panel Discussion :: A Third Space : Transience and Identity in The Transnational
Verge Gallery April 20, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Speakers :: Mikala Tai, Adam Porter, Nicole Barakat

Join local artists, researchers and the exhibiting artists for a discussion about cross-cultural perspectives, experiences and identities, within and beyond Australia.

Re-interpretations of identity within transnational communities are perpetually changing beyond the individual. A transient culture and heritage situates one’s experiences in tension with geographical borders, cultural barriers and a sense of rootedness. Within our time of more immediate interconnectedness, our conversation will take shape around fluidity of the reality within the diaspora and its potentiality to push and create new experiences.


Mikala Tai is a Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and a curator, researcher and academic specialising in contemporary Asian art and Australian design. Over the past decade, she has collaborated with local, national and international organisations to strengthen ties between Australia and Asia.
As an academic Mikala has taught at both RMIT and the University of Melbourne, in addition to having devised and delivered the inaugural Contemporary Asian Art syllabus at RMIT (2012). More recently Mikala was the founder and director of Supergraph—Australia’s Contemporary Graphic Art Fair. In 2016 she received her PhD from UNSW Art & Design examining the influence of the Global City on China’s local art infrastructure.

Adam Porter is a curator of contemporary art at Casula Powerhouse based in Western Sydney. Adam’s practice has focused largely on Australia and the Asia Pacific region with particular interest in Southeast Asia and West Asia.
Adam’s focus in curating lie in conducting public art installations and large-scale contemporary art exhibitions featuring multidisciplinary practice, innovative curatorial models and community and cultural engagement practice. His curatorial examinations have centred around the semiotics and aesthetics of ruins, destruction and degradation as a conveyance for cultural memory.

Nicole Barakat is an artist and performance maker working with a diversity of media and ideas. Nicole’s practice centres on material and aesthetic languages embodied through the manipulation of familiar materials and processes. Her work transcends the borders of art practice and cultural production, often employing a number of disciplines and strategies while unpicking the borders of art and life, re-examining intersections between drawing and textiles, collaboration, live work and community-engagement.