AboutWinner of the Deutsche Bank Award in Fine Art, Sinta Tantra presents us with an exhibition inspired by the 18th Century archives held within the Royal Academy of Arts.
Using the French novel, 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' as a starting point for the exhibition, Tantra reflects upon the nature of letter writing, communication and collection as a form of archive; the manner in which relationships are formed through what is being said / unsaid, exploring a viewer's inquisitiveness to read in between the lines and the deconstruction of the signs and symbols of a public as well as private persona.
Politics of Seduction presents us with the dichotomy of historical authorship; how we look longingly at the past and how identity is established through a globalised social economy. Tantra's newest work transforms the space with a dynamic and decorative installation. The main feature of which is a painted floor that brings together geometric patterns and an 18th century colour palette.
The exhibition furthers themes in her past work: a delight in surface image, the porous boundary between pictorial and physical spaces, ideas of spectacle, submergence and superabundance.
Sinta Tantra was born in New York, USA (1979), is of Balinese heritage and lives and works in London. Tantra was awarded the Deustche Bank Award in Fine Art (2006) and has recently been shortlisted for the Jerwood Contemporary Painting Prize UK (2010). Exhibitions include a solo show with Monika Bobinska Gallery in London, acquired by the UK Government Art Collection (2009); solo show with Gaya Fusion Gallery in Indonesia, supported by the British Council (2009); and public commission with the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (2008). www.sintatantra.com
7.9 Cubic Metres is an artist-initiated project by James Carrigan and curated by Eliza Tan. 7.9 is a free-standing structure which operates as a micro-gallery within Stanley Picker Gallery. As an autonomous and transitional project space, 7.9 Cubic Metres serves as an architectural insert, a sculptural work, a collaborative document and open platform for emerging British talent and international artists. www.7point9cubicmetres.com / www.stanleypickergallery.org