Our designed exhibition is about the universal themes of humanity that underpin the concepts of the human body and how it relates to the world around us. By exploring different ideas in six of the Kaldor projects, we noticed how each uniquely convey different aspects of humanity, prompting our investigation of the inherent connection within our species and how the different functions of our body emulate the functioning of society. The theme ‘Humanity’ explores the characteristics of human beings such as kindness, mercy and sympathy; however, to typify each unique emotion and idea required modifying the original perspective of this to view our chosen projects. We have chosen two different perspectives, transforming them in a literal sense and metaphorical sense entwined by their coinciding concepts. In our interpretation, Projects 20, 5 and 17 explore the literal meaning of the human body through blood vessels, physical limitation and disease.
This understanding has drawn us to think about how the artists who have collaborated with John Kaldor demonstrate the complexity of humanity by investigating the archives. Each project intrigues where each project starts, how have their intentions been communicated, and how the audience has interpreted it. Our exhibition ‘Humanity’ conveys the idea of our own functioning body as a concept, provoking the audience to contemplate how these themes can be represented in society.
--Priya, Ellie and James
Exhibition and curatorial statement by Priya, Ellie and James, Dulwich High School of Visual Arts & Design, as part of Future Curators, a creative learning program, giving secondary students across NSW the opportunity to connect with experienced curators and to activate the Kaldor Public Art Projects archive.
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