Our Selves at CTRL+SHIFT, Oakland, CA
posted on: 27 Sept 2017
Curated by Frances Fleetwood
5 October – 4 November 2017
Opening: Thursday, 5 October, 6–9pm
Gallery hours: Saturdays 12–5pm and by appointment
Roles are performed, performances are documented, images are proliferated and disseminated on the internet, identities are fragmented, self and culture is constructed, deconstructed, reconstructed, curated, fabricated.
our selves presents video works by eight young Australian women exploring cultural performativity within new media technologies, investigating how we navigate our fractured identities in a time of both increased virtuality and heightened vulnerability of bodies and environments.
The artists engage with multiple, intersecting identities and speak from various positions such as queer or female, and non-European Australian perspectives. The works included are somehow both personal and universal, speaking to themes of dislocation, digital loneliness and homesickness, while also engaging with postcolonial narratives and gender identity from the perspective of the internet generation. What is the human body’s relationship with the network? How do we situate ourselves when computer generated imagery can place us anywhere in the real or virtual world?
Featuring Corinna Berndt, Xanthe Dobbie, Caroline Garcia, Nikki Lam, Eugenia Lim, Zoe Scoglio, Jacqui Shelton, and Talia Smith.
Image: Eugenia Lim, Windows (production still), 2016, HD Video, 2:55min