SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement
Curated by Mami Kataoka, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2018
What’s Left Behind, 2018, comprises five sculptural vitrines that represent the elements of water, air, fire, earth and metal. Brook Andrew invited four artists to contribute to the installation, asking each person to reflect on the idea of memory and that which is present yet also absent, and the way objects can have transferable and alternate realities and meanings, imbued with their own or substitute histories and stories. The contributing artists, Rushdi Anwar, Shiraz Bayjoo, Mayun Kiki and Vered Snear, have placed a combination of artworks and objects selected from the extensive collection of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, within each of Andrew’s sculptural vitrines. Each sculpture represents an individual archive that is part of a collective installation that addresses the complex relationship between objects and the meanings that are attributed to them.
Shiraz Bayjoo’s installation placed within the Air sculpture presents multiple layers of collages, miniature paintings, and archive photographs sourced from Mauritius, Madagascar, Reunion Island, UK, France, India, Netherlands, and Australia. Criss-crossing the Indian Ocean region the works present fragments of the intricate histories of migration through the course of European colonialism. Brief glimpses and clues each telling their own story of life on the colony are juxtaposed against each other providing re-readings and new interpretations of how this vast and complex region has informed the modern identities and lives of the people brought together across it. Continue reading...