Presented in association with Perth Festival.
Olga Cironis works with familiar materials to make powerful sculptural forms that resonate with a sense of disenfranchised identity. Born to Greek parents in Czechoslovakia in 1963, she migrated to Sydney in 1971. The experience of migration and otherness, both her own sense of dislocation and that of those she encounters, permeates all her installations, objects, photographs and videos. Together they present a carefully constructed ambiguity, achieved through a disturbing interplay between material, form and text, that is engaging, poignant and familiar.
Dislocation is a survey exhibition that amplifies recurring concerns about life, relationships, memory and empathy. Olga often works with hair, gold, feathers and second-hand woollen blankets that play on their conflicting associations of warmth, security and intimacy, on the one hand, and abjection and corporeality on the other. Painstakingly hand-stitched tightly around a variety of familiar objects, they function as both a protective covering and a sort of embalming.
Over the past 30 years Olga has exhibited numerous wrapped objects, including domestic furniture, animals, human and organic forms, found objects and the detritus of everyday life. Each piece creates a sense of that abiding otherness and dislocation that is at the core of her practice. All her work is created for an audience and their participation plays a crucial role, whether as viewers or collaborators. Her Loom + Hair Mountain of Words project is an ongoing collaboration with her audience, who provide their own hair to be woven together into an ever-expanding document of intertwined humanity, which will be continued during Dislocation. Incorporating a newly-completed video work and reconstructed pieces from previous decades, the exhibition showcases the ongoing practice of one of the most respected members of the Western Australian visual arts community.