25 September - 26 October
Listening Under Water
© Olga Cironis,
Olga Cironis’s practice is determined by her Czech/Greek Australian identity. Both her art and her identity are
marked by migrancy, by the locations and dislocations of belonging and un-belonging, and by the objects that
mark our comings and goings.
Cironis troubles the definitions of personal and cultural identity. She includes herself amongst the everyday ‘things’
that she has collected from friends, found on roadsides, or sourced from deceased estates. For Cironis, such
fragments are loaded with meaning and seeped in nostalgia; domestic furniture, blankets, clothing, ornaments, hair,
toys and artefacts. The pieces are metonymic, metaphoric and fetishistic. Cironis re-invests these discarded objects
with an elusive significance, suggesting that her identity (and her art) is a complex process of losing and finding, of
holding on and letting go. - Josephine Wilson
Theme Park Series, Shenzhen, China
© Bronek Kozka
The Theme Park series explores hyper-reality, the re-staging of memories of place and photography, it also looks
at ideas of representation and re-construction. Cultural theme parks, out-door museums and historical re-enactments
(re-enactment groups) provide the basis for my research for this series. Their ability to create, control and manufacture
an experience informs my art making practice. As Nick Stanley explains in his essay Chinese ThemeParks and National
Identity, “The visitor is invited not only to inspect but also to enter the theatrical sense of the occasion.” In this series I
visited 3 theme parks in Shenzhen in southern China, Splendid China, China Folk Culture Village and Window of the World.
Each space tackled their chosen theme in quite different ways yet they all employed the same sense that they were
manufacturing an experience to be consumed.