::Questioning Power : 19.11.2020 – 31.01.2021
Curated by Charles Merewether
Opening Reception on 18.11.2020 (Limited Capacity. Please RSVP)
For all the analysis and critique of power over the past one hundred and fifty years, not much has changed. The abuse of power persists and ways to overcome or resist it seem no stronger. We may pause and reflect on the role of art in understanding these notions of power. Through this exhibition, we are given the opportunity to see and reflect upon its persistence and forms in different eras and countries. The works included are by Jiang Zhi (2006), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (2009-10), Joshua Oppenheimer (2012), Shen Shaomin (2007), and French Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary prints (1738-1831, based on the thesis by Nikki Hwa).
These works are unerring in facing the brutal reality of contemporary history. They contain critiques of the persistent abuse of power. Power and authority are not negative in themselves but, rather, in how they are used. The work of these artists gives us the viewer, a consciousness of the state of things and the dynamic in the play of power. We are confronted with the reality of effects of power on people’s lives as perpetrators or as victims. We are reminded that the use and abuse of power has not disappeared but instead, continues and shapes our everyday lives in many different forms.
Osage Art Foundation
𝙄 𝙖𝙢 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙚 by Shen Shaomin (2007) 75 minutes
Mon-Fri: 11am and 3pm
Sat: 11am (*There will NOT be screening on 21 Nov)
*There will be no screenings on public holidays or any other occasion the gallery is closed.
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘼𝙘𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙆𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 by Joshua Oppenheimer (2012) 159 minutes (Director’s cut) IIB rating
*𝗗𝘂𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝗹𝗼𝘁𝘀, 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲: