press release

rosalux is presenting the second solo show by the Australian artist James Newitt in Berlin.

Within this exhibition, Newitt presents a new body of work including the primiere screening of his new video from which the exhibition takes its title, If They Fall. This exhibition is a continuation of Newitt’s exploration of the forestry industry in Tasmania. In 2009 Newitt premiered the video Passive Aggressive at rosalux as part of his exhibition Stories of Celebration and Dissent. If They Fall expands on this work but probing deeper into the complexities and contradicting ideologies of communities who are affected by the Tasmanian forestry industry. Newitt focuses his camera on people involved in both activism and industry, to present an intimate portrait of two communities who remain in conflict.

James Newitt was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1981. His exhibition history includes: Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2010; In The Balance: Art for a Changing World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2010; Stories of Celebration and Dissent, rosalux - the Berlin based art office, Berlin, 2009; The Moorilla Scholarship exhibition, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 2009; Handle With Care, 2008 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art; I notice these little things, how they change, Monash University Faculty Gallery, Melbourne, 2008; Ten Days on the Island, Hobart, 2007; Eternal Beautiful Now, Sherman Galleries, Sydney 2007; and the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, 2006.

James has received state and national funding grants for individual and collaborative projects. In 2008 he undertook a 3-month studio residency at the Australia Council for the Arts, Los Angeles studio. In 2009 he was awarded the Qantas Foundation, Encouragient of Contiporary Art Award and in 2006 the Tasmanian Artist Prize for the City of Devonport, Art Prize. James lectures in visual communication at the University of Tasmania, School of Art.

James Newitt
If They Fall