The Art Gallery of Western Australia

Me, Also Me

The title of this exhibition, Me, Also Me is taken from the ‘Me: X Also me: Y’ meme widely circulated on social media. This meme is often used to humorously…

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Event Starts

Jul 6, 2024 10:00

Event Ends

Dec 8, 2024 17:00

Add to Calendar 07/06/2024 12:00 AM 12/08/2024 12:00 AM Australia/Melbourne Me, Also Me The title of this exhibition, Me, Also Me is taken from the ‘Me: X Also me: Y’ meme widely circulated on social media. This meme is often used to humorously demonstrate the multiple realities people live in, the contradictory elements of life, and to perhaps release tension around the need to take unitary positions.
Venue

The Art Gallery of Western Australia

Location

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth

The title of this exhibition, Me, Also Me is taken from the ‘Me: X Also me: Y’ meme widely circulated on social media. This meme is often used to humorously demonstrate the multiple realities people live in, the contradictory elements of life, and to perhaps release tension around the need to take unitary positions.

Through works that embrace a similar logic, Me, Also Me considers how artists employ tropes of mirroring and repetition, anecdotes and alter egos, imitation and transformation to map the contours of uncannily labile selves.

The videos Delivery Dancer’s Sphere, 2022, by Ayoung Kim and Invisible Touch, 2024, by Daisuke Kosugi delve into personal and political questions about the boundaries between reality and fiction. By focusing on moments and sensations of uncertainty and ambiguity they reveal how accounts and experiences of specific situations can either diverge or remain unclear.

These works are positioned in conversation with Brett Whiteley’s major painting installation The American Dream, 1968–69, a work that deals with the late Australian artist’s increasing state of frustration in relation to the disconnect between America’s rhetoric of freedom and opportunity, and the realities of the nation’s domestic and international politics at the time of the civil rights movement, 1954–68, and the Vietnam War, 1955–75.

Drawn from AGWA’s collection, including several new acquisitions, the exhibition features the work of Farah Al Qasimi, David Attwood, Pat Brassington, Ian Burn, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Mutlu Çerkez, Omer Fast, Anne Ferran, Hilarie Mais, Linda Marrinon, Yasumasa Morimura, Tracey Moffatt, Maria Taniguchi and a painting by Rick Vermey on loan from the Holmes a Court Collection.

 

Image credit – Brett Whiteley The American Dream 1968-1969 (detail). 18 panels – mixed media on plywood, (a-n) 244.3 x 122.2 cm (o) 243 x 122 cm (p) 221 x 122 cm (q-r) 188 x 122 cm. The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 1978. © Brett Whiteley, 1979.


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