Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to present Empirical Atlas, a group exhibition focusing on the relationship between identity and politics, as well as globalisation, material production and consumer culture. As new cartographies and systems of knowledge are created, the meaning of empire and its geopolitical structures become increasingly complex. National identities and power structures of foreign trade are explored, as are the body politics relating to gender and spirituality. Through role-playing, code-switching, and self-fashioning, each artist responds to the aftermath of the empire by creating new means to frame the world.
Reaching outward to society, these works blend modern spectacles of urban development with old-world references to comment on the intersections of power and collective history. True to the post-post-colonial experience, Empirical Atlas samples a range of politics, economies and cultures. As it becomes near impossible to locate the local and native, the exhibition presents itself as a constant re-negotiation between natural evolution and diasporic influences.
Press release courtesy Pearl Lam Galleries.