A theatrical exhibition, during the Sydney Biennale, featuring video installations, robotics and fabric sculptures.
Kristof Kintera (Prague)
Melanie Manchot (London)
Jewel Mackenzie (Brisbane)
Josh Burry (Brisbane)
Curator: Robb Kelly
If stripping bouncers and a small child smacking his head against a cement wall are what you expect from an exhibition during the Sydney Biennale, then Uprising is a show with all that and more.
Robb Kelly, the director of Raw Space Galleries, Brisbane, is curating this group show at Horus and Deloris, a new contemporary art space in Pyrmont known for it’s daring programming. Artists in the exhibition include Kristof Kintera from Prague, Melanie Manchot from London, as well as Jewel Mackenzie and Josh Burry from Brisbane.
“Uprising aligns with the Biennale’s theme, Revolutions with each of the works playing with the idea of insurrection” says Robb Kelly.
Kintera’s disturbed small child, triggered by kinetic sensors to beat his head on the wall, shows a chilling unvoiced internal upheaval.
Manchot’s multi screen projection work is a cunning offensive to bring down the gatekeepers of Ibiza. She commands five bouncers to strip naked, out the front of their club in daylight. These once proud and arrogant men slowly lose their confidence as they disrobe and the power shifts with their egos waning.
Burry’s video installation is an autobiographical account of his day-to-day life since an accident left him quadriplegic. His mutinous body, unable to move from the neck down, is a two dimensional paper cut out, laying dormant in a bed beneath a televison screen on a pillow.
Mackenzie’s work is an attack on those who don masks to dominate, pretend, protect or hide. Her fabric sculptures encapsulate those things present, from Prada obsessed fashion victims, to pinstripe clad corporate bullies, from Ned Kelly and Sydney Nolan to S&M and Karma Sutra tattooed busts.