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STATEMENTS – a challenging exhibition

 

The current exhibition, STATEMENTS, takes as its topic the grim reality of man’s inhumanity to man.

The key work in the exhibition is a triptych by young Australian artist, Martin Diesendorf, who takes the Three Christian Virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity and looks at the way in which they are reinterpreted in the 21st century.  The work is in collage and combines traditional symbols with modern media, using photography, poster art, documents, graffiti and stencil.

Colin  McAllister has contributed ink drawings, meticulous in execution but stark and challenging in their subjects which cover a wide range of issues of political and sociological corruption including arms domination, narcotics dealing, ruthless capitalism and the inequality in the distribution of the World’s food resources.

Printmaker Chalermchon Jitjindar takes a more subtle look at the way language is utilised. His richly textured prints draw attention to the risk posed by the widespread use of English  to the world’s other languages. Other subjects include the biased wording of government documents, and the contrast between political speech and political action.

Tamsyn Taylor exhibits four works in collage, paint and clay sculpture in which she looks at persecution by the  Syrian Government of the children and families of Deraa, Damascus and surrounding towns in the first days of the Syrian conflict;  the cruel oppression of Freedom of Speech which quickly led to the present ongoing cycle of death, destruction and displacement.