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FINDING A VOICE

Exhibition dates: 16 November 2014 - 28 February 2015
Opening 16 November 2014 ( 5 - 7 pm)


Finding a Voice exhibition explores the idea of the transformation and disruption of an identity. It questions a physical and psychological gap and conflict between the mind and body in order to grow into another self. The exhibition presents video works by Australian artist Nina Ross titled “Finding a Voice (2012)” and “The Foreignness of Languages (2011)” as well as video work “Gaza Zoo/Bath Time (2012)” by Palestinian video artist, Sharif Waked.

Finding a Voice (2012) draws on Ross’ experiences of learning a second language. There was a momentary pause, a gap between the mind and body which made Ross question herself before speaking. This disconnection was physical and psychological. Her practice examines the body as the living container of actions, thoughts and desires which actualize themselves into words in our throat through the articulation of sound (which causes the voice folds to produce vibrations). This video explores such experiences on the body as a metaphor for the repercussions on one’s sense of self; playing on the process of trying to own a foreign language.

The Foreignness of Language (2011) draws on Nina’s experience of learning Norwegian to explore how second language acquisition influences and disrupts identity. The process of learning a second tongue involves adapting and adjusting to knowing and not knowing oneself in an unfamiliar language. The foreignness of language investigates the duality of having two languages sitting inside oneself and as a result having one’s identity in a constant state of flux. The video examines the tension of being caught between two languages represented by the experiences on the body as a metaphor for the repercussions on a sense of self.

Gaza Zoo/Bath Time (2012) is a video work of a donkey transformed into a zebra in Gaza. The cross-dressing of the species variety took place at the hands of an entrepreneur  whose zoo was badly damaged in the Israeli incursion earlier that year in order to draw the crowds back. In the video “Bath Time” a donkey takes a good shower after a long day saturated with the spectator’s gaze and laughter at the Gaza Zoo. Gaza Zoo explores the industry of amusement. It ponders the politics and aesthetics of role-play and performance, the penal colony and the wild; the make-up artist and his muse; and the original and its copy.





STAGED

Exhibition dates: 7 September - 30 October 2014
“Staged” explores the idea of the transmission between life and death,
the replacement and displacement of lives through animal experiences and the psychological aspects of viewing the animal body as a sculptural envelope of an individual identity.

“Staged” presents “Anaesthesia” video series by the Australian artist Georgie Mattingley and photographs of the sculptural/installation works by the Thai-Australian artist, Tul Suwannakit.

Georgie Mattingley’s Anaesthesia series documents her collaboration with vetinary surgeons to transform a hidden physical process into an aesthetic visual spectacle.
Various animals were filmed while waking up from a drug-induced loss of
consciousness to explore the ambiguous transition of life to death and to question the human treatment of animals within meat production and medical science.

Tul Suwannakit explores themes of alienation and displacement through staged narratives of non-linear taxidermy animals within urban environments.
Suwannakit utilizes his background in illustration and storytelling together with taxidermy in depicting scenes of animal dislocation that contain ironic, metaphoric and illustrative qualities. Dislocation is also experienced by animals that are
removed from their natural habitats and stranded in unfamiliar urban surroundings. The combination of taxidermy and other media are used to produce staged
narratives that explore story telling and the emotive quality of the scenes that act as point of connection for the viewers.





HERE AND THERE

Exhibition dates: 1 June - 30 August 2014

'It is our haunted and resistant sense of place that allows for both a form of belonging that is forever seeking to be elsewhere, and a unique aesthetic that anticipates the many returns of a repressed past’

Nikos Papastergiadis.


There is always a missing and unfinished piece in one’s life which yearns to be fulfilled. The Ferry Gallery launch exhibition Here and There explores the journey through, and observation of, natural habitats and environments as a component of our search for the needed parts and undiscovered instruments of our lives. Through one’s journey and experience intertwined relationships, between the disappeared past and the incomplete present, between one world and another, are formed and woven.


Here and There consists of video, sound and photography work by Thai and Australian artists, including Suttirat Supaparinya (TH), Scott Morrison (AU), Thomas Breakwell (AU) and Nikki Lam (HK/AU). The selected artworks have an historical relationship and intricate connection to the gallery’s natural and synthetic environmental space.


“My Grandpa’s Route Has Been Forever Blocked”, a two channel video, captures Supaparinya’s journey through the Ping River to follow her grandfather’s route where he transported teakwood from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Uniting history and present, she develops an understanding of her grandpa’s mysterious and enigmatic experiences and life, as well as observing other contemporary environment, including the blocked river-scape. This is a journey motivated by a personal history, with far-reaching implications.


Morrison’s “We Fell out of This Together” dwells in quiet reflections amongst a layered and dense interweaving of sound and vision. Capturing moments of deep bushland prior to a storm, Morrison uses the sounds and sights of the calm before the approaching downpour and creates a circular and enveloping collage of natural abstraction. The act of ground-rooted nature standing resolute amongst the growing and developing forces of change acts as a challenge and testament to love, memory and the embracement of shared history.


In the photographic series, “There There”, Breakwell guides viewers through a dark natural environment where the spaces are manipulated and extravagant. The spaces become unreal and the humans represented in the photographs are shifted and transported into a secretive, imaginary and hidden place. In reference to Radiohead’s song “There, There (The Boney King of Nowhere)”, Breakwell describes the invisible illusion and confusion within human experiences of space.


Lam’s “Another Place” explores our longing to be elsewhere. A block of frozen seeds, a symbol of a rooted place, is dissolved into the ocean, an ambiguous in-between place, which connects every place and which is also a symbol, and historical site of, the desire for continuous movement. The work takes the form of the shape of the moon, a Chinese analogy that alludes to the moon gathering family and friends, despite them scattered across the world. The moon unites all individuals, reminding us who we are, where we belong. Similarly, the seeds are linked by the ocean but also scattered and opened up to the unknown, some lost and some destined to grow in distant lands, some returned and others dispersed.


Bound together and propelling us forward, our links to the past and our unknown future, places visited and places that await, together form our ever-shifting identity at a particular moment. Here and There explores this state of becoming and, in turn, reflects on the particular in-between space that is the Ferry Gallery: an interstitial space, neither here nor there, it brims with the possibilities of the journey, of the ‘yet to come’.