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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
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
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.
© Bill Jacobson,
Song of Sentient Beings #1612 1995
Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery,