Nomad Two Worlds, a multi-media collaborative art project conceived by acclaimed fashion photographer and director Russell James, will be held at Pier 59 Studios West at Bergamot Station, 2415 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica beginning Wednesday, Feb. 23 through March 2.
The project incorporates James’ photography of some of Australia’s most breathtaking landscapes, beautiful women and interesting people, and the cultural backdrop of Australia and America’s ancient, indigenous music and art scenes, a project spokesperson said.
As conceptualized and created by Western Australia-born James, the exhibition focuses on three global themes: innocence – our indigenous past; inhibition – our conflicted present; and discovery – our collaborative future. Indigenous artists from Australia, including Nomad artist Clifton Bieundurry, have collaborated with James to create a set of unique, hybrid art pieces, many new pieces of which will be premiered at the Los Angeles area exhibition as well as the first collaborations between Nomad Two Worlds and the Native American artisan community.
Additionally, a special project between Nomad Two Worlds and the artisans of Haiti will be announced. Brought together by President Clinton’s Global Initiative, ONEXONE Foundation and Urban Zen, several Haitian pieces will be previewed and the full details of the special project and its supporters unveiled.
The exhibition will also feature a music and video collaboration between musician Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas (a Shoshone Native American), and a young indigenous Australian music artist Corey Webster, whom Nomad met at Sydney’s Redfern Community Center during an education outreach program surrounding their Melbourne exhibit in October 2009.
Additional music and audio-visual presentations will run on several large screens in the gallery, and integrate the indigenous sounds, songs and stories of the collaborative artists with the art itself.
On designated Family Days, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26 and 27, the gallery will offer a space for children to have fun and learn through “hands on” lessons in indigenous music, dance and art directly from Nomad artists. An additional adult education program and symposium will also be conducted.
Nomad Two Worlds will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Wednesday, Feb. 23 through Wednesday, March 2.