Falling Angels: A Chapbook Curated by Anna Couani
Birth of the New Universe | Suzanne Bellamy | 2010 |acrylic & fabric on canvas | 2 x 2.4m
Birth of a New Universe | Suzanne Bellamy
Installations 1 & 2 at Queen Street, Glebe, NSW | Hilik Mirankar
Angels | Yota Krili
(untitled) | Kit Kelen
Day in the Mind of the Life in the Garden | Kit Kelen
Lilies on the Dam | Anna Couani for Carol Archer
Reading Old Diaries | Antigone Kefala
Time with the Sky #6 | Carol Archer
5th Intergenerational Report – Betterment All Round | Les Wicks
To a Friend who Also Lost Their Car | Song Zijiang
Gestures in Dreams, No. 1 | Debby Sou Vai Keng
Bluebottles | Virginia Shepherd
Game with the Wind | Debby Sou Vai Keng
The Excised Heart | Jane Skelton
Happy Place | Anna Couani
Core Explosion | Suzanne Bellamy
The title of this anthology was suggested to me by Yota Krili’s piece, ‘Angels’. At first, I thought her piece referred to all of ‘us’ who’ve had various struggles, but she explained that she was thinking of the heroic freedom fighters of Greece in the past. It didn’t fit, but it’s a nice connection.
In curating this collection, I asked the writers to provide pieces that are short, edgy, and I’m happy that they have fulfilled that very loose brief. The disrupted texts they’ve produced – whilst having interesting formal qualities – also have poignant emotive qualities. The term I use for what others refer to as prose-poetry is experimental prose because I find that term broader and more inclusive. I asked several visual artists to suggest works that I could take or requested particular works I had already seen.
Some of the contributors are both visual artists and writers. In this instance, most contributors chose to submit in only one form, except for Kit Kelen and myself. My world traverses the visual arts, text, film, education and seven of these contributors are (or have been) teacher-practitioners. That means they’ve had to articulate what they’re doing as practitioners and also present ideas about what other authors and artists have done. As well as grappling with education, many of them have worked in small press publishing, translation, writers’ organisations and/or have been activists, working to enhance the fields they work in. I see most of these contributors as transcultural and hybrid in various senses.
I have come across and worked with most of these contributors in various contexts – in writers’ organisations, in Greek cultural forums, in women writers’ groups, in small presses and in transcultural translations. Carol Archer, Kit Kelen, Virginia Shepherd and I are currently involved in a collaborative visual/text postcard project called Elsewhere.
The sculpture of Hilik Mirankar is familiar to me because we live in the Queen Street Gallery that is a street where all our neighbours house his works on their front balconies. His studio is also part of our home.
Anna Couani 2012