Asad Raza
3 – 19 May 2019


Kaldor Public Art Projects and Carriageworks present Absorption by Asad Raza.

Absorption brings the ground beneath us into the foreground, drawing our attention to the living and changing nature of soil. The work constitutes almost 300 tonnes of organic and inorganic material, including sand, silt, clay, phosphates, lime, spent grain, cuttlebone, legumes, coffee and green waste, combined into a new soil mixture or neosoil.

A group of cultivators enact this process of mixing, creating a composite material that visitors are free to take for their own uses, allowing Absorption to continue to grow and be nurtured beyond the Clothing Store.

Developed in collaboration with a team of scientists at the University of Sydney Institute of Agriculture, Absorption transforms the Clothing Store into a site for active processes, collaborations and conversations. Within the world created by Absorption, Raza has invited artists Daniel Boyd, Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, Megan Alice Clune, Dean Cross, Brian Fuata, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Jana Hawkins-Andersen, Khaled Sabsabi and Ivey Wawn to create interventions in the form of installations, performances and experiments.

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Join a series of choreographic, musical, and pedagogical interventions within the immersive space of Raza's Absorption.

Experience a pop concert by Chun Yin Rainbow Chan; a new choreographic piece by Ivey Wawn; an evening of food, drink, edible weeds and stimulating conversation hosted by Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation; and a reading hosted by feminist reading group Composting. 

Kaldor Public Art Projects

For 50 years Kaldor Public Art Projects has created groundbreaking projects with international artists in public spaces, changing the landscape of contemporary art in Australia with projects that resonate around the world.

John Kaldor AO is a dedicated collector, patron and supporter of contemporary art. He has been collecting and commissioning art since the late 1950s and since 1969 has shared his love of art with the Australian public through his series of art projects.