Anthea Behm



Exhibition Dates
19–28 August 2015



Exhibition opening and artist talk in conversation with Dr Kit Messham-Muir
When | Wednesday 19 August, 6 – 8pm
Location | Artspace, Ground Floor



I want to tell you about the reality of the Indigenous villages, now following the letter of the 104 legislative decrees given by the government. They have caused collisions, or injuries, or have been harmful to the Amazon and the Indigenous territories. Why? Because they strip us from our ancestral territories. To the Indigenous villagers, they have said that we are “antisistemas”. We’re not that. We want growth, but from our perspective. We want them to fulfil the 169 Agreement, which states that they need to consult with us and these consultations have not been done.


What has happened to you friend?
One of my brothers, one of the Indigenous people, the national police have hurt him.
On the bridge, it has happened on the bridge. General, has it happened on the bridge?
I have no communication with the bridge.
I hear there are bullets.
Look how the police abuse!
They have shot bullets! To provoke us!
We are not trying to provoke, but just like always they are violent! 


Interview with Alberto Pizango Chota, President of the Interethnic Development Association of the Peruvian Jungle, and dialogue between demonstrators and armed forces near the Corral Quemado Bridge, from ‘Protests in Peru’,
youtu.be/MJlwwJLNZbI, by Amazon Watch, 2009

Translation by Valeria Duque


Titled brings together previous work with new site-specific pieces produced while in residence at Artspace. Collectively they engage systems of distribution and circulation, as well as the material and discursive implications of ownership — be it of land or property, of objects, or of our own image.


Anthea Behm received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and BFA (First Class Honours) from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Behm’s work has been exhibited and screened at Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; The Dedalus Foundation, New York; Smack Mellon, New York; NADA, Miami Beach; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore; the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; and the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. Upcoming is a group exhibition at the Kadist Foundation, San Francisco (curated by Hamza Walker), as well as a solo exhibition at Minerva, Sydney. Behm has participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, the Core Program, Museum of Fine Art Houston, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her writing has been published in Feminism Reframed: Reflections on Art and Difference, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and she is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida.

  • Video still from YouTube video ‘Protests in Peru’, Amazon Watch, 2009

  • Anthea Behm, 'Mask 1', archival inkjet print on dibond, 19.9 x 24.15 cm, 2015, 'Mask 2', archival inkjet print on dibond, 19.3 x 25.2 cm, 2015, 'Mask 3', archival inkjet print on dibond, 20.4 x 23.6 cm, 2015

  • Anthea Behm, 'Object with the Sound of Its Own Discourse (after Robert Morris), 2013/2015/Houston/Sydney', cardboard Amazon box, custom-built pedestal, sound, 5 minutes 44 seconds

  • Anthea Behm, 'Mask 2', archival inkjet print on dibond, 19.3 x 25.2 cm, 2015

  • 'Mask 4', archival inkjet print on dibond, 16.95 x 25.9 cm, 2015

  • Installation view, 'Titled', Artspace, Sydney, 2015

  • Installation view, 'Titled', Artspace, Sydney, 2015

  • Installation view, 'Titled', Artspace, Sydney, 2015

  • Installation view, 'Titled', Artspace, Sydney, 2015