Fear and Loathing in L'Australie 2015
Based on the notions of “Intersectionality” Georgia MacGuire explores the multi-layered levels of prejudice experienced by Indigenous women in Australia and the human impact of these experiences.
Fear and Loathing in L’Australie is the material expression of the internalized traumas that stem from this context. This work is a response to stories about the impact of colonialism on the life of the artist and her community. MacGuire engages in a dialogue with Gina Ropiha – a Maori artist originally from New Zealand. Their communication focuses on a series of questions posed to the artists, as part of the development of Both Sides of the Street. While from different countries Ropiha and MacGuire share an Indigenous ancestry and a deep reverence of the cultural knowledge and traditions unique to the women that came before them. The universal Indigenous parallels between the artists lead to a cultural space of healing and nurturing of the feminine.
In Both Sides of the Street, MacGuire’s cultural background and artistic inspirations are reticulated through her creation of a series of anthropomorphic objects made of possum skin. Each object a vulnerable, tactile creation which (as the French in the title suggests) pays homage to the expressive textile works of Louise Bourgeois; while communicating about her own cultural identity.
This work continues to build on Georgia MacGuire’s modality, which focuses on the inter-connections between culture, human rights, feminism and flesh.
Fear and Loathing in L'Australie is part of The Both Sides of the Street Exhibition at Counihan Gallery until the 19th July 2015.
It will then be shown in an exhibition titled Otherlands which will coincide with the Kristeva Circle at the University of Memphis in September 2015.