PICA, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, have just opened three exhibitions in their Northbridge space, featuring painting, sculpture, video, photography and sound installation, and you can check them out for free from now until Jan 10.

The three exhibitions include Refracted Reality, a group exhibition curated by Anna Louise Richardson, Forest of Voices, a highly anticipated sound installation by WA artist Olga Cironis, and SMASH IT, a video artwork by Brook Andrew.

Karrabing Film Collective, Mermaids, Mirror Worlds (still), 2018. Image courtesy the artists

Refracted Reality

Featuring the work of ten different artists and collectives, Refracted Reality is curated by WA artist and PICA guest curator Anna Louise Richardson. The works involved address a range of increasingly urgent issues from mediated truth and personal sovereignty to environmental upheavals. Using the idea of a window, it acts as a motif and a metaphor for the exhibition, through which ideas pass and refract.

The artists involved include Hoda Afshar, Bruno Booth, Helen Britton, Max Pam, Karrabing Film Collective, Bruce and Nicole Slatter, Valerie Sparks, Angela Tiatia, James Walker and Ian Williams.

Portrait of Olga Cironis, courtesy of the artist

Forest of Voices

WA Artist Olga Cironis presents a solo exhibition in the form of an immersive sound installation in PICA’s First Floor Gallery. The work consists of recordings of a diverse range of shared personal experiences and stories of love, all shared anonymously. These play all at the same time through small, suspended speakers, combined with recordings of the four elements to create a delicate chorus of voices, which from a distance, sounds similar to the wind through branches.

Cironis’ practice revolves around the act of seeking and collecting mementos of human exchange, and Forest of Voices presents a collection of these, as a reflection on shared vulnerability and the possibilities contained in social acts.

Brook Andrew, SMASH IT (still), 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

SMASH IT (2018)

Being exhibited in the PICA Screen Space is Brook Andrew’s SMASH IT (2018). Andrew is a Wiradjuri interdisciplinary artist, and the Artistic Director of NIRIN, Sydney Bienniale. The title of the film comes from Andrew’s practice of agitating colonial archives in order to subvert and rewrite dominant narratives of the past.

Utilising a range of footage and archival materials from the Smithsonian Institute and the artist’s own private collection, a frenzied tension is created through an overlap of image, sound and text, revealing and unravelling power relations between coloniser and colonised, visible and invisible.

All three exhibitions are available for viewing during PICA’s opening hours, 10am to 5pm from Tuesday to Saturday, all through the New Year break until 10 Jan, except for public holidays. They will also be showing as part of PICA After Dark’s return season, which sees the galleries open late until 8pm from 19 Nov to 5 Dec, from Thursday to Saturday.

Public programs, artist and curator talks will continue to occur alongside the exhibitions through November and December, of which details can be found at pica.org.au

Header Image: James Walker, Precipice, 2013. Image courtesy the artist

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