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KINGS Artist Run acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

The consequences of success II

Siying Zhou

Middle Gallery
6 Feb 2016–27 Feb 2016
Opening 12.00am 1 Jan 1970

The works included in this exhibition result from the two-year exploration of the deep impact of the traumatic colonial history and the culture of ‘home-making’ on the current Australian society and natural environment. Standing at a unique perception point of being ‘others’, I, an Australian migrant, attempt to uncover the violence embedded in basic human activities of survival and environmental change within the territory demarcated by the Australian coast lines. I explore the gap between others and myself in current Australian society, which analogue to the gap between the current life in Australia and land. Through the channel of art making, I intend to send a reminder that Australia is a place made from an ‘imported culture and brings awareness to the fact that very little of everyday life in Australia, including the food that we consume, originates here. These artworks may suggest that this fracture between society and the ‘native’ ecosystem is the cause of deep melancholy.

  • Born in China, Siying Zhou is an interdisciplinary artist. In her installation works, the unique aesthetics lies in between the multiple technologies and media that she brings together to present and discuss one subject. Zhou focuses on subjects such as the religious practice and cultural traditions in the life of the nomad, identity of individuals within the culture of globalization, the intricate relationship between the land and its dwellers and the correlation of physical and imaginary spaces. Currently based in Melbourne Zhou has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her solo exhibitions include Consequences of Success, 2015, Food Court inc, Melbourne; The Comforting Promise, 2014, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions: Both Sides of Street, 2015, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne; Innovators, 2014, Linden New Art, Melbourne; Testing Ground, a touring exhibition from 2013 – 2014, curated by Julie Gough; Here and There, Art from Northern Australia, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia / Nan Giese Gallery, Charles Darwin University. Zhou has received National Gallery of Victoria Woman Association Award at the graduation of Master of Contemporary Art at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), The University of Melbourne in 2015. She is currently a candidate of Master of Fine Art at VCA.

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