Interiority: the pursuit of self - preservation

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With every coming generation we have been given new ways to document ourselves and our lives. What began as a way to look back on milestones with those close to us has developed into recording everyday happenings. The most mundane occurrences are now an opportunity to share ourselves with people we know, or don't. Artists have long given us examples of self-portraiture, and evidence of a continuing desire to capture their environments and perspectives. Finding individuality in an ever-growing and uncharted territory of self-documentation is imperative, urging us to evaluate the imitable qualities of our personal experiences. This exhibition seeks to redirect our gaze from an over-saturated pool of daily life, and focus on our efforts to preserve ourselves truthfully.

 

The works in the exhibition, centered on figuration and portraiture, explore the intricacies of human existence in a world dominated by mechanisms to avoid introspection. These works highlight expressions of the psyche, portraying individuals grappling with the task of capturing themselves inside their reality. Each ‘portrait’ depicted encapsulates personal reflection, perception, and understanding. Together, they are embodiments of a collective narrative, inviting viewers to look inward and contemplate what it takes to capture their essence, and what they would use to share it.

 

The tension between aspirations that align with current modernizations and the desire for self-preservation, echoes the dichotomy of our longing for technological process and the innate human need for stability and connection. The portraits depicted are not frozen in time but capture moments of sensitivity and attachment toward their chosen subject matter.

Deadline: 
31/January/2024

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Fee Detail: 
$6 for students & $8 for regular artists. Free for Culturally Arts Collective members
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