South / East Interference Volume Two
Zingel Place, Bega, NSW, 2550, Australia
15th December 2018 to 26th December 2018
Ramesh Mario Nithyendran | Jumaadi | Chayni Henry | Val Wens | Gunyabi Ganambarr The second edition of South/East Interference brings together a diverse group of mid career artists working around themes of personal identity and redefining and re-imagining cultural heritage and storytelling. Sydney and Jogja based Jumaadi presents his contemporary shadow puppets which are tools to convey the quotidian, the traditional and the contemporary. Sydney based Indonesian artist Val Wens uses performance and documentary photography to critique contemporary Indonesian identity. Darwin based Chayni Henry brings her diary style chronicled experience to life with new works and Gunyabi Ganambarr presents traditional Yolngu stories and art making techniques to the most contemporary of materials which hold up current land use politics and controversy around mining in Northern Australia. Ramesh Mario Nithyendran's monumental 'Mud Men' completest the exhibition, built on an attitude of agitation, and ostentatious in style, the sculptures of Ramesh Nithiyendran appear to strut and shout, "Look at me! I'm raw and garish. I'm atheist, Hindu, Christian, feminist, queer and gender fluid. I'm exotic and everyday." Reactions to his installations run the gamut of emotive spectatorship, from fits of giggles, wonderment and critical celebration to rankle and disgust.