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"The Liminal Body: an exhibition of the work of Jon Baturin (Can), Farrell and Parkin (Aus), Sue Fox (UK), Dieter Huber (Ost), Bill Jacobson (USA) and Diana Thorneycroft (Can)."
2000-09-08 until 2000-10-15
Australian Center for Photography
Paddington, NS, AU

At a time when the world will be fixated on the body pressed to its extreme, this exhibition will explore other corporeal limits. The Olympic Games play out the apollonian tradition of a healthy mind/spirit/soul housed within, and finding physical representation through, the fit healthy functioning body. As a political event the Olympics takes this tradition and applies it to the state - the healthy body, striving for supremacy in the sporting arena becomes a cipher for state identity and a metaphor for spiritual (and political) wellbeing (if not ascendancy).

This exhibition will explore the bacchic obverse of the apollonian Olympic paradigm - looking to other equally (perhaps more) human limits. The body on the brink of life/death; wellbeing/malady; the dysfunctional body; the visceral reality of flesh and blood as opposed to the classical aesthetic of surface of a closed volume; the corporal as it shades into the spiritual; the sensate as it merges into the virtual.

Including five artists and one artistic partnership drawn from five countries and three continents, The Liminal Body presents provocative imagery in direct contrast with the aspirations of millennial Olympianism, while the one day symposium (Death Dysfunction and the Olympic Ideal) continues this exploration of the body on the brink.

A Symposium complementing the exhibition The Liminal Body Presented by the Australian Centre for Photography and the University of New South Wales at the College of Fine Arts 9th September 2000.

IMAGE:
Bill Jacobson,
Song of Sentient Beings #1612 1995
Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery,
New York


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