Jemima Wyman: Counterpowers - Art Collector

Jemima Wyman, Aggregate Icon (RBW) from center to periphery clockwise: Free-Gaza protester, Palestine, 5th May 2012 (Che Guevara t-shirt), Anti-government protester, Milan, 14th December 2010 (screaming skull)... 2016, hand-cut digital photographs
173 cm diameter. Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney.

Counterpowers is an exhibition of new paintings, collages, and textiles by Jemima Wyman. The imagery for this new work is selected from Wman’s ongoing MAS-archive cataloguing the clothing and costuming of masked protesters from around the world. For this show, she focuses on specific patterns (keffiyeh, dazzle camoflague, and paisley) in a designated palette (red, black, and white). Honing in on certain types of camouflage that protesters employ, Jemima’s selection forms a visual bridge that spans various eras, borders, and ideologies.

Counterpower refers to the ability to redirect, challenge or remove power from an oppositional force. The use of camouflage, make-shift uniforms, and masking by protesters creates counterpower. Their creative transformation and disguise achieved through what they wear allows them to multiply their presence, create solidarity, and challenge persistant surveillance.

Exhibition opens: Saturday 1 April, 3-5pm
Exhibition closes: 22 April, 2017
Location: Sullivan+Strumpf, 799 Elizabeth Street, Zetland, NSW 2017
Phone: +61 2 9698 4696

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