Chelsea Farquhar is an Australian multidisciplinary artist working across drawing, sculpture, video, and performance. Chelsea is halfway through her 5-week residency at ALN.
This work in progress uses geological and museological display methods to examine the archive as a site of temporary stasis, mystery, and collective memory. I am drawn to the simultaneous categorization and order of the archive as well the dis-order and overstimulation of information. My studio practice plays with the archive’s reliance on viewer recognition of inter-relational material links to build narratives.
Kitt Peacock is a printmaker and a bread-maker. Their interdisciplinary work moves through archival space and reflects on the way cultural violence is introduced and perpetuated through Western archival forms. Combining archival reflections with bread in its capacity a cultural signifier, their practice confronts the ways in which Romani culture has been depicted by the Western archive for hundreds of years. The fortune-tellers and thieves, the concentration camp victims and witch archetypes are missing here, or recontextualized, or changed completely, towards a new Romani archive.
Objects in Warning
Mass graves and urn burial. Objects of comfort become objects of warning as the Romani traditions that produced them change and fade. How do we find comfort in the wake of genocide? What tone does comfort take? When we find it, will we recognize the form it has taken?
Kitt Peacock is an interdisciplinary artist and printmaker from Vancouver, BC. Their work centers around interrupted cultural inheritance—what we can make of imperfect traditions, and how we reconcile them.