Curated by Aisyah Sumito and Claire Bushby, Borders and Transitions was an exploration of the streets and surrounding environs of the Roe Street Carpark Arcade, a high foot-traffic transitional space in Northbridge. Borders and Transitions investigated the psychogeographical, cultural, and environmental context in and around this site.
The ‘arcade’ is a border territory, a site that is briefly passed through to get from one point to another. The three artists, Sophie La Maitre, Marina van Leeuwen and Sophie Nixon reveal what might not be obvious to the busy passers-by through intimate explorations.
La Maitre, Van Leeuwen, and Nixon look between the cracks and lift the broken chunks of tarmac to reveal borders and transitions between time and space – for example, the peeling layers of paint exposing long past histories, introduced weed species popping through the cracks in the pavement telling the story of settlers, or reminding us of Northbridge’s wetland history now covered in concrete and brick.
Borders and Transitions was commissioned by the City of Perth for the James St Light Locker Art Space.
Sophie La Maitre, Marina van Leeuwen & Sophie Nixon
Claire Bushby & Aisyah Sumito
Cherina Hadley & Danica Zuks