Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
22 March - 20 April 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, 22 March, 6-8pm
Drinks and Artist Talk: Saturday, 23 March, 4-5pm
Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney is delighted to present, Narcissus, Angela Tiatia’s first major solo exhibition in Australia. Comprising a new high definition video and photographic stills, Narcissus is a contemporary reimagining of the classical Greek myth, exploring contemporary visual culture’s worship of the self. Filmed in super slow-motion at an indoor swimming pool using a crane mounted camera, the film arcs from contemplation to catastrophe, opening on a close-up of Narcissus as he gazes longingly at his image reflected in a pool of deep black water. Referencing myriad sources from the classical to the contemporary, including historical literature and images from the internet, Narcissus takes as its starting point, the painting of the same name by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, now in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Anticam, Rome. Tiatia filmed the work with Director of Photography Benjamin Shirley, production company Finch Company and producer Cath Anderson, working with 80 professional actors, performance artists and crew, the largest production of her career.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Angela Tiatia is of Samoan and Australian heritage. Her practice explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place, often through the lenses of history and popular culture.