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Bus Projects is currently closed.

We will reopen in our new space at the Collingwood Arts Precinct in March with our first round of exhibitions, a solo show by Moorina Bonini, a curated exhibition by Bianca Winata with Yaya Sung and Eugenia Lim, alongside the ‘Housewarming’ event series. Click through to our current website here.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new gallery in 2020!

Bus Projects acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate: the Wurundjeri people and Elders past and present of the Kulin nations.

Bus Projects is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Bus Projects' 2017–19 Program is supported by the City of Yarra. Identity, Public Office

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"Horses Shed Their Tails Once A Year In The Fall"
Santina Amato

Opening: Tuesday 29 November, 6-8pm
Dates: 29 November–17 December 2011

A universal symbol for childhood and heavily surrounded by nostalgia, Santina Amato’s initial attraction to the carousel was to explore how she could intertwine a child-like aesthetic into society's perspective of feminine beauty, attraction, sexuality and death. 'Horses Shed Their Tails Once A Year In The Fall' draws from the sensorial experience of the carousel and is the artist’s first solo exhibition since recently returning from a three month research trip in the USA where she volunteered at an antique carousel restorer’s studio in California.

Amato’s work adopts a deceptively childlike charm, logic and aesthetic, combining performance video, sculptural elements and found objects to transport the viewer into a feminine surrealist wonderland; a fairytale-esque environment where reality is questioned and fantasy becomes the norm. The result is a sculptural redefinition of the moving image. Amato is collating her research and experiences of the carousel on her artist blog www.myyearincarousel.blogspot.com, which is quickly becoming a rich resource on the use of the carousel in contemporary western culture.

A recent finalist in the 'Toyota Community Spirit Travel Award 2011', Santina Amato is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and has secured a position at Victoria University’s 2012 'Artist Summer Residency Program' in Melbourne, Australia. In 2012 she will be returning to the States to participate in an international artist-in-residence program at NARS Foundation in New York, where she will be continuing her investigation into the carousel. Santina spent most of 2010-11 volunteering at and participating in contemporary art fairs, performance festivals, non-profit art institutions and commercial galleries within the USA. She has participated in artist-in-residence programs in China and the USA, won travel grants from organisations such as the 'Ian Potter Cultural Trust' fund, become a finalist in a number of contemporary art awards nationally and internationally and exhibited in Australia, Europe, China and the USA.