Tracing the archipelago

Kalanjay Dhir, Shivanjani Lal, Gus Mcgrath, James Nguyen, Harrison Witsey, Kaytsen Jama, Dean Cross, Grace K Blake, Desire Lines

Curated by Jenny Anagnostopoulos and Yarran Gatsby
Exhibition: 31 October - 17 November 2018
Opening night: Tuesday 30 October 2018, 5 - 8pm
Public Program:
Desire Lines, Tracing the archipelago: 10 November 2pm At the threshold, Tracing the archipelago: 17 November 12pm (exhibition closing event)

Tracing the archipelago explores the idiosyncrasies involved with the occupation and navigation of space - whether it be socio-political, structural or digital. Through a series of conceptual and material investigations, artists examine multiple terrains of everydayness that are shaped by political, cultural and economic models and envision new ways to traverse and disrupt them. Relating to the fragmented experience of space, the exhibition utilises the metaphor of the archipelago as it envisions microcosms and the movement between each (simultaneously tethered and dislocated by water). Artists reflect on the processes of movement between various sites and the ways in which documentation is harnessed as a way to reflect, make visible or archive these movements. In addition, a public program will be developed by Sydney-based collective Desire Lines who will lead an explorative walking tour across the various sites surrounding the university, drawing attention to the planning of and everyday use of space particular to the area. The exhibition ultimately seeks to survey the effects of hyper-documentation within the current digital ecology and present artists who draw attention to the more nuanced and politically entangled relationship between movement, space and subjectivities.

WARNING: Some videos contain flashing images.

Tracing the archipelago is curated by Jenny Anagnostopoulos and Yarran Gatsby as part of the Early Career Curator Award, supported by Kudos Gallery with Arc @ UNSW Art & Design. The curators have received mentorship by Dr. Lee-Anne Hall, Director Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.

Tracing the archipelago Room Sheet (opens in a new window) 

Image credit: Shivanjani Lal 'Taxi bhaat' (still), 2017. Single-channel video, dimensions variable.

Images courtesy of the artists and Kudos Gallery. Photos: Kristina Savic

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