Far from neutral, architecture often represents certain dominant groups at the exclusion of others. Melbourne-based curator and writer Amelia Winata presents Wayfind in an attempt to awaken the viewer’s consciousness to question the deeper narratives at play in our built environment.
Through a series of new commissions by Australian artists – Jessie Bullivant, Dean Cross, Debris Facility, Brian Fuata, Shannon Lyons and Spence Messih – Wayfind presents new perspectives on the political and social aspects of architecture that are often ignored: neo-liberalism, colonialism, heteronormativity and gender specificity. Held in a former council-run child and maternal health centre in Fitzroy North’s Edinburgh Gardens, the exhibition features site-specific installations, interventions and improvised performance works – designed to connect audiences to the indirect and not so subtle politics inherent in everyday architecture.
Brian Fuata 2.30pm 5 May, Emely Baker Building
6pm 17 May, West Space
Jessie Bullivant, Dean Cross, Debris Facility, Brian Fuata, Shannon Lyons, Spence Messih
Spence Messih, You move (on the other side of), 2017. Photo: Document Photography
Wayfind is a Next Wave x West Space co-commission and has been assisted by City of Yarra, the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the New South Wales Government through Create NSW.