- FESTIVAL EXHIBITION
- FESTIVAL LAUNCH AND OPENING WEEKEND
- BETWEEN TIMES: MARC KARLIN WEEKEND
- TRACING THE ANABASIS OF THE JAPANESE RED ARMY
- LEVELS OF DEMOCRACY: UKRAINE FILM WEEKEND
- RESISTANCE: BRITISH DOCUMENTARY FILM
- ARTISTS' RESIDENCIES AND TALKS
- KRIS CANAVAN: LABOUR ISN’T WORKING
This new installation by Hugo Canoilas creates a tension between the past and present, making it contemporary ‘like a knife with two blades’. It brings together his ongoing concerns around social discrepancy with readings on capitalism and Marxism including George Orwell, Pierre Joseph Proudhon’s The Philosophy of Misery, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and more recently The Manifesto Against Labour by Group Krisis. Canoilas’s paintings are acts of suspension and confrontation, layers of diagrammatic symbols, signs and texts between the abstract and the figurative.
The new work extends this idea further by turning the gallery into a fake grotto. Viewers can search with a light in the darkness, veiling and unveiling images, rendering a general view of the whole impossible. For Canoilas, the real material of art is the interconnection of things. The cave reflects these social, artistic and political interrelations and clichés by simultaneously building and erasing fragments of social realist imagery, propaganda, miners’ banners, newspaper clipping and political texts. As the artist states ‘Labour can be seen here as the metaphorical chains that don’t allow us to see the world differently, like the three slaves in Plato’s cave who only see their shadows.’
On Sat 27 February, 2.15pm–3pm, Hugo Canoilas discusses his work in the gallery. More information here.
Preview: Friday 26 Feb, 7–10pm
27 February – 27 March 2016
Tue – Sun 12–6pm, closed Mon
The Old Post Office
19 – 21 West Street