Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .
'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'
In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .
Insane Park’s works mimic images from TV, and speak about the artist’s concerned outlook on media. The contemporary public homogeneously and passively absorbs the excessive production of fictional media images, arriving at a point where active imagination and complex thinking nears impossibility. In particular, the most familiar TV programs enforce the public to blindly absorb the fabrication in which real and virtual worlds coexist. Just as an ordinary subject transforms into an extraordinary one through media, Park’s works using cable lines portray people around him as if they were criminals, missing children or wanted people on a flyer. The artist focuses on such emotional effect of media on man, and delivers the subjectively experienced feelings of anxiety onto the canvas. However, the artist leaves the audience open to different degrees of anxiety, and invites different subjective interpretations on the aura of his work.
Text courtesy Arario Gallery.
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