CURATED BY NUR SHKEMBI
produced by Dr Kate Just and Vikki McInnes at CoVA (Centre of Visual Art) The University of Melbourne, with Assembly Point, City of Melbourne.
The word erasure has a multiplicity of meanings and applications; to remove, rub or scrape out written or drawn marks; to remove recorded matter; to remove from existence or memory; and to nullify the effect or force of something. This term is also used to describe the multitude of ways in which people (or an entire community) may experience various forms of erasure due to discrimination levelled against their gender, sexuality, colour, class, ethnicity or religion, or at the intersections of such identity ‘markers’. The act of erasing something can be enacted as a form of violence, or as something sinister or mischievous. But it can also be utilitarian in nature or even enigmatic or glorious; sometimes we may erase to create space for something new, in that we repurpose, reclaim or renovate.
The eight artists in this exhibition explore erasure as a conceptual element in their practice. They explore social, political, philosophical or personal narratives through various mediums such as photography, painting, material exploration, installation, moving images, 3D technology and sound.
NINA ROSE PRENDERGAST, CLAIRE BRIDGE, DARREN TANNY TAN, JIA JIA CHEN, SUSANNAH LANGLEY, AZZA ZEIN, KAYLEIGH GOH, SOYOUN KIM