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 .
Working with a cast of semi-invisible sculpted characters, Jin Young Yu explores the disparity between the outward and inward self. While her work has drawn on an ever-evolving storyline—from the meek-faced outcast wishing to be invisible to others, to the family overtly flamboyant in its attempt to appear 'normal' as it entertains guests, to the hidden scars we all carry with and within us—Yu’s conceptual impetus is consistently clear: to acknowledge the anxiety of social situations, and to expose the implicit acts of cover-up one engages in as he or she adheres to social convention. Yu’s work centers on the use of two opposing media, and the tropes their usage represents: the disguise—faces and clothing rendered in vibrantly painted plaster; and a yearning for invisibility—bodies molded of ultra-transparent PVC , a material Yu prefers for its weightless, distortion-free quality.
Text courtesy Choi&Lager Gallery.
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