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Previously Screening: How To Deal With Difference

Freya Pitt

10 Jul 2020–23 Jul 2020
Opening

An online exhibition available during the above dates. Visit our Current Screening page for the latest artist.

How to deal with difference: artist edit explores ways of bringing attention to the mutual contingency of the self and the social through self-portraiture. What we recognise as ourselves is deeply embedded in the social institutions we exist within.

 

Partly inspired by Judith Butler’s account of performative identity and self-poiesis, Pitt filmed herself performing many varying and contradictory ‘selves’, in an exploration of her own relationality and self-formation. In imagining, performing and arranging these characters, Pitt drew from social imaginaries she is implicitly involved in.

 

By digitally compiling the footage, Pitt composited herself into plural existence to disrupt the sense of singular coherence. Pitt has positioned the performances as ‘rehearsals’ – they are not polished or complete, but iterative and partial. The result is an agonistic portrait of the artist’s own socially situated self. What a nightmare, huh!?!

 

Freya Pitt, How to deal with difference: artist edit, 12min digital video, 2020.

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  • An artist based in Melbourne/Naarm, Freya Pitt’s practice spanns video, projection, painting, performance and installation. She has exhibited in galleries and completed permanent and ephemeral commissions around Australia including the Melbourne Festival Art Trams Project and White Night Melbourne. Pitt holds a Masters of Art in Public Space (RMIT, 2014) and a Master of Fine Arts (VCA, 2018). Furious with neoliberalism, she makes art to explore the convoluted ways we are each formed within socio-historical structures.