The Other's Other

9 May – 17 Jun 2012

Above: Raafat Ishak, 'Nomination for the Presidency of the New Egypt', installation view, Artspace Sydney, 2012. Photo: silversalt photography
43–51 Cowper Wharf Roadway
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Sydney Australia

The Other’s Other attempts to elaborate upon the fluidity of territorial borders and cultural identification through a project which explores some of the complexities of historical and contemporary migration. The exhibition assembles new and recent works by a selection of leading Australian and international artists whose works reflect upon their personal narratives of identifying with multiple concepts of home and cultural belonging.

Central to the project are questions of how the memory or actuality of cultural origin and involvement is configured and reconfigured from the perspective of living in estrangement from it. Through this tension, what begins to emerge is a sense of longing, of relief and of distance and as one begins to hold up the mirror to both cultures, questioning belonging and acceptance. What does it mean to analyse a culture and one’s own identity from outside of it, and what does this reveal of where one is?