Paula Hunt In the Stadium (the 14 categories)Opening: Wednesday 16 March 2016 Dates: 16 March – 2 April 2016
The 14 Categories of Stadia: a) for football, b) on television, c) where pigs graze, d) having been lit by flares, e) where washing is hung, f) home, g) away, h) archived, i) undercover, j) elephant walks, k) in need of weeding, l) for marching bands, m) the future, n) that when photographed from a helicopter look like a zero branded into the earth.
The stadium is a place where absurdity is repudiated, through sport, while embraced, through politics. Not only a sports arena it is a carnival ground, museum, prison and theatre. It is both local and global, and embodies community, rebellion, farce and fascism (sometimes all simultaneously). In the Stadium (the 14 categories) explores the ambiguous nature of the stadium by constructing ambivalent narratives from historical events that have occurred within its boundaries.
Paula Hunt has an honours degree in fine art from the VCA. She has exhibited at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Kings ARI, Margaret Lawrence Gallery and the George Paton Gallery.
This project has been assisted by the generous support of the City of Yarra and NAVA. The Australian Artists’ Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.