Wednesday, March 6, 2013

From India with love

A day before I was due to fly out to India, Sarah Newall rang and asked if I would like to take part in the opening exhibition of her new art space: The exhibition entitled "Plus 1" was to take place in just over a month. I replied, "love to but I'll have to post something from India!" So I did.

I made 4 postcard sized collage works. Traveling through this incredible visually rich and socially complex country I wanted to make a work that spoke about my time moving across the Northern part of this huge continent. On the one hand I was on holiday casually drifting through cities visiting monuments and national treasures yet the local news was jammed full of abuses against women. The instigator to this revelation of social bias and crimes against women was the highly publicised Delhi gang rape case. The resulting artwork collages a typical picturesque Indian tourist postcards with current news clippings of the notorious Delhi gang rape case. 

I made 4 works and posted them on consecutive days. Only 1 arrived for the exhibition. I wonder weather a worker at the post office read the content and vetoed, I guess I will never know. As I was told whilst traveling "anything is possible in India". I am hopeful the artworks may arrive in Marrickville one day. I did photograph the works before I posted them, perhaps the only evidence I may have of there existence...

Check out the other works in the exhibition including my artwork that did make it. 

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