Make-Up or Break-Up

Arahmaiani

Exhibition Dates
2 August - 18 August 2007

Arahmaiani worked with the local community and artists to stage presentations (somewhere between promotions and protests) of wall banners featuring the names of multinational corporations and brands in Malay-Arabic (Jawi) script in public spaces around Sydney.

Overview

Arahmaiani worked with the local community and artists to stage presentations (somewhere between promotions and protests) of wall banners featuring the names of multinational corporations and brands in Malay-Arabic (Jawi) script in public spaces around Sydney. As evidenced by their gallery recontextualisation, the processes were collaborative, improvisational and transformative.

 

Aftermath provided a critical and public focus to the complex relationship of performance and installation art, sharing a genealogy, as they do, in early conceptual and post-object art. Aftermath centred on the ‘aftermath' of performance, or conversely, performance as a strategy for creation of material environments - the bleeding back and forth of active models of performance and its post-life.

 

Over six weeks one of six artists participating from Australia and abroad undertook a performance work in one of the Artspace galleries resulting in the installation Aftermath and collectively creating a dynamic, rolling set of relationships between changing spaces. This program was completed by two discrete performance works by local artists. The project was also accompanied by a set of screenings of international performance documentation in the Artspace Reading Room and a Symposium held at CarriageWorks on Saturday 18 August, 2007.

Arahmaiani, 'Make-Up or Break-Up', performance documentation, Sydney, 2007