Debra Petrovitch
Solace in Black Sun

29 Aug – 3 Sep 2009

Above: Debra Petrovich, ‘Solace in Black Sun’, installation view, Artspace, Sydney.
43–51 Cowper Wharf Roadway
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Sydney Australia

Solace in Black Sun created a new form of dramaturgy, one that relied on the audience to bring it to life. The work was produced in the tradition of Artaud, in that one entered the multiscreen video installation as though they are going to the dentist and all feelings are left on the 'operating table'. Layed bare are the internal forces of corporeal being through the artists divisive exploration of ritual and consistent challenge, exposed through disruption, implosion, dissection and unrelenting struggle. Petrovich feels Artaud can never be exemplified; the artist is instead driven by an Artaudian force, which once taken up, allows her to create work from a feeling of liberation and purification. This, at times, acts as a counterpoint to what Petrovitch understands as a commercialised, sold-out society.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project has also been supported by Performance Space at the CarriageWorks Residency Programme, PACT Youth Theatre, University of NSW and University of Sydney.