7 to 19 June 2019, Kent Street Gallery, East Vic Park
In 2018, Jillian Ciemitis went to Assam and Bangladesh, and was entranced by the depth of humanity, dignity and unity in a region known for its challenges.
Often under high security, Jillian photographed hundreds of Assamese and Bangla peoples. This exhibition of natural and posed photographs of women, men, families and friends present and insightful examination of nuanced domesticity, and gender relationships.
21 September to 7 October 2018
The Latvian word kopā means ‘together’, or ‘in unison’. So it was fitting that participating artists Jillian and Peteris Ciemitis jointly produced a body of work for a show with that same name; “Kopā” – an exhibition of art by Baltic-Australian artists.
Taking out an entire upstairs gallery at Moores Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle Australia, Jillian and Peteris Ciemitis have a joint showing that explores the fading ripples of the post-war diaspora that fled northern Europe in 1948.
Jillian Ciemitis’ series “Occupation” is a dark ‘noir’ exploration of the impact of Soviet occupation of Latvia, both in terms of physical trauma and displacement, as well as the echoes of psychological impact. These dark images are counterpointed by a contemporary constructed memory of Latvian culture in “Kokle”.
Peteris Ciemitis examines the relationship between a ‘Latvian self’ and the willful subconscious identity in “ES+ID”. These themes are touched on further a series of pen and ink sketches the “Portret” series, which amongst other things, features one of the working drawings of Peter Greste (- a sketch that was undertaken following a sitting with Greste which led to a series of major paintings that now have a variety of homes, from the offices of Amnesity International in Sydney, to the Qiajiang International Museum of Art in China).
© ‘Kokle’ 2018 photograph Jillian Ciemitis
10 – 19 August 2018
Jillian Ciemitis digital print Indigo is currently on show at the Moores Gallery, Fremantle as part of the Contemporary Print Media Awards 2018, Print Association of Western Australia. Featuring an array of beautiful prints from West Australian print makers.
Jillian and Peteris were delighted to open their urban studio in November to the Friends of Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. Amidst a balmy Perth day, over 30 art lovers scaled the ‘ladder’ to the two formal studio spaces, and enjoyed artist talks, a leisurely wine and an art chat under the leaves in the artists’ “secret garden”.
Sincere thanks to Jeffry Campbell, Pauline Faulds and Catherine McCloy from Friends of Lawrence Wilson Gallery for their consummate professionalism and efficiency in organising the event. The “Friends” are an integral part of the prestigious Lawrence Wilson Gallery of the University of Western Australia, and provide support for its activities, ranging from the acquisition of new works to providing artistic and technical facilities.
Peteris and Jillian Ciemitis participated for the fourth time in the (18th) Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition at Japan Tougane Bunkakaikan, Tokyo.
The regular exhibition explores diverse forms of painting and calligraphic works from around the world.
Jillian Ciemitis and Peter Ciemitis both participated in the inaugural Culture and Arts Festival in Sivsagar in February 2018, along with Vittorio Tonon, Maria Balea, Tone White, Maneswar Brahmaand our Arts overseer, Utpal Barua.
As well as a host of international visual artists, the four day festival featured a vast array of musicians, dancers and performers (including the Deputy Commissioner, Narayan Konwar).
September 2018, Dhaka Bangladesh
Currently, one third of the world’s Biennales take place in Asia, with the first being the Tokyo Biennale in 1952. However, it is the Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh, a breakaway in 1981, that remains the oldest in the region, now in being held for the 18th time. Its also a Biennale in which Australia has had patchy presence. Until now.
The Australian artists to be included in the 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh are west-coasters Jillian Ciemitis, Peteris Ciemitis, Judy Rogers and Monique Tippett.
The Biennale is based in the National Art Gallery, Dhaka and opens with official formalities on September 1, followed by two days of Symposia exploring the topics of “Between Art and Narratives” and “Pedagogy and Promotion”.
20 May – 4 June 2018
Jillian was delighted to be part of the Printmakers Assoc of WA ‘Press Gang’ exhibition at Zig Zag Gallery, Kalamunda.
A celebration of West Australian contemporary printmaking at it’s finest.
15 September – 15 October 2017
A Survey of Contemporary Western Australian Printmaking
Jillian Ciemitis screen print Pinnacle was on show at the Mundaring Arts Centre as part of the 26 S 121 E On the Map a Survey of Contemporary West Australian Printmaking. Featuring the work of 35 West Australian printmakers. Curated by Laura A Taylor.
May 26, 2017
We were humbled by the turn-up, love and buzz around our book launch of “Skull Within Skin” at the State Theatre of Western Australia last night.
So many spoke to us afterwards