THE COMMUNITY READING ROOM
ART / CULTURE / IDENTITY / BOOKS
FROM MARGIN TO CENTRE.
The Community Reading Room aspires to be a life-affirming space for BIPOC communities to encounter texts that acknowledge, validate and place their lived experience and creative practice at the centre, rather than the margin. This ongoing project functions as a pop-up destination for research, community discussion and engagement with ideas about art, culture and identity.
Founded by Fijian-Australian artist and academic Torika Bolatagici in 2013, the CRR is an experimental discursive project that invites people to consider the inclusivity of public spaces and to contemplate how our institutions of knowledge privilege particular methodologies and ways of knowing.Each iteration of the CRR evolves from the previous installation and responds to the space in which it is located.
The Community Reading Room has been presented at:
Colour Box Studios, 2013
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 2013
Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, 2014
Testing Grounds, 2017
Arts House, 2017