Freedom of Others

8 Jan 2013 – 3 Mar 2013

Salisbury Arts Centre

Wiltshire, United Kingdom


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The exhibition is omposed from four video works dealing with social-political issues. Collaboratively presented, they invite thought and discussion regarding the suppressed and the subordinate, the one controlled by the more powerful, referring to issues of gender, race, politics and family. The video works explore moments of defiance and self-discovery, of standing up to overcome situations of being controlled, using diverse digital video practises, such as remix, appropriation, digital composition, animation and optical illusions. Liron Kroll's hyperreal ‘High Expectations', inspired by Richard Yates' '11 Kinds of Loneliness', explores pressures to conform and live up to feminine roles and ideals. Its protagonists seem trapped in staged suburban scenarios. Delicate colour and dispersed lighting create an eerie tension through unnatural beauty. ‘My Wonderland' by Kate Rowles is a whimsical work in which the artist, dressed somewhere between a little girl and a 50s housewife, looms huge in front of her childhood home. ‘Directed' by her father from behind the camera, she is tracing the house's outlines and interacts with her mother who seems miniature in the background. Guli Silberstein's ‘Disturbdance' shows a young woman trying to shield protesters from armed soldiers in an unspecified Middle East location. Slow motion, a lyrical soundtrack and digital manipulation create a distance and make the scene almost balletic, but intense and dangerous at the same time. Jean-Gabriel Periot's ‘The Devil' remixes 1960s footage of repression, ill treatment and retaliation of African Americans in the context of the Black Panthers' civil rights protests, highlighting the identity search of the oppressed. A frenetic rock soundtrack and rhythmic video editing suggest ebullient propaganda, putting the archive footage in a new, contemporary context. The exhibition motto of ‘art as communication' continues in encouraging visitors to engage with the works. Interactive areas are placed in the exhibition space, a reading corner and a creativity workshop are available for visitors to read and create.

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