Reflection presents the works of three contemporary artists based in Melbourne, Pimpisa Tinpalit, Leah McIntosh and Yumemi Hiraki. Watch as the artists’ respective life experiences come alive in this exhibition.
A truly intercultural and mixed media celebration of diverse Australian talent, Reflection is a personal expression of the contemporary artists’ inner most thoughts and feelings.
This event pushes the boundaries of visual presentation through a fusion of techniques and media, whilst being an emotional and personal expression of artistic merit.
Reflection is presented in a partnership with the No Vacancy Gallery to promote high calibre contemporary Asian art in Victoria.
‘Liminal’ by Leah Jing McIntosh
Asian-Australian representation is largely absent from the Australian cultural landscape; stories that define us are often about us, not by us. ‘Liminal’ is an attempt to create space where we may shape our own narratives. Each photograph is a collaboration with the subject, with an aim to present them as they are: in surroundings of their choosing, in garments of their own. What does it mean to be Asian-Australian? What does it mean to take up space? These photographs engage with the multiplicity, strength, and beauty of Asian-Australian identity.
‘Creases’ by Yumemi Hiraki
Creases is a physical manifestation of Yumemi Hiraki’s personal relationship to heritage and tradition. This body of work explores the invisible ties and the unraveling threads that anchor and contest her longing for the cultural past that is heavy, but is slipping away. This process brought Hiraki face to face with the burden and guilt of shedding a part of country and culture. Wherever she is, there is always a gap, a threshold, a barrier that slowly seeps into space. Engulfed in the flame of it all, Hiraki has reached a kind of turning point, one at which this private conversation may emerge. Perhaps, being in this gap is okay. Letting things be as they are, is okay. Although transformed, history remains present, perhaps you are the residue of the generations before you.
‘Peel’ by Pimpisa Tinpalit
The series ‘Peel’ represents people who cannot comprehend how fate brought them together. It explores how people exchange opinions, vision, and attitudes without really knowing why they are brought together. Conversation occurs between partners without the true identity of the conversation partners being verifiable. Strangers become acquaintances, and questions of kindness, reliability, and intent are analogous to the changing of masks at a masquerade.
LAUNCH: TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER, 6PM-8PM
@ NO VACANCY QV, 34-40 JANE BELL LANE, MELBOURNE
Exhibition Dates: 6-17 December
Gallery hours: 11am-5pm Tue-Sat, 12pm-5pm Sun