Arini Byng Talking to the back of your headOpening: Wednesday 17 January, 6–8pm Dates: 17 January — 10 February 2018
‘Talking to the back of your head’ explores the interaction between the human body, architecture and objects whilst questioning how this interplay shapes and determines our material and immaterial environment.
Byng investigates the ‘active’ presence of the performer - drawn from the emphasis of their body as spectacle; their physicality. The performer is displayed as an active image that does not necessarily need dialogue or discourse to explain or make sense of them. Her practice endeavours to illustrate a haptic or tactile phenomenology of the body as it encounters the physical world – a felt or lived experience of corporeality.
Arini Byng works with the affective qualities of materials, gestures and settings - undertaking exercises in image, movement and form to negotiate political scenes. Byng (born 1987) holds a B. Fine Art from NAS and B. Fine Art (Honours) from VCA in 2013. Her work has been exhibited across Australia and internationally including c3 Contemporary Art Space, Hobiennale, Bus Projects, Slopes, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Perimeter Presents, ACCA, CCP, MoMA PS1 and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA; selected works published by Perimeter Editions, Higher Arc, Le Roy and Photofile; and with work held in publication collections of V&A, MoMA, Tate Modern, MONA and NLA. Byng lives and works in Naarm Melbourne on the unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.
Arini would like to thank Benjamin Portas, Otto Ivor, Jess Gall, Amelia Winata, Georgia Hutchison, Dalton Stewart, Matilda Glascodine, Magic Steven, Travis Byng, Simon Massey Di Vallazza and Katie Paine.
Photography by Christo Crocker.
“Talking to the back of your head”
Text by Katie Paine