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Notions of security challenged in new Lock-Up exhibition

A still from artist Heath Franco's work Home Town Two (2016)

A new group exhibition, challenging notions of our perceived safety, and the subjectivity, privilege and hidden cost that comes with it, will kick off at The Lock-Up next month.

Including new commissions and site-specific iterations of existing works, False Sense Of Security is curated by Halinka Orzulok, and features work by Fernando do Campo, Heath Franco, Doug Heslop, Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg, Giselle Stanborough and Shevaun Wright,

In a newly commissioned work by The Lock-Up, Los Angeles based Indigenous Australian artist Shevaun Wright, reflects on the Black Lives Matter movement that recently unfolded in America, and relates this to the ongoing plight of Black Deaths in Custody in Australia.  

Modified to be site-specific to The Lock-Up’s, Giselle Stanborough’s work Cinopticon investigates corporate surveillance and social media algorithms, questioning the influence that technology has on our lives and its shadow of surveillance and hidden control. 

Doug Heslop’s Heads includes a selection of 12 portraits from a larger series of 22 paintings of men whose crimes came to surface in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual  Abuse. These portraits of priests and religious brothers highlight the breach of trust and the hidden power structures of religious institutions.  

Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hilldberg’s Doomed montage is an explosive and heart-pounding compilation of clips from disaster movies that carries the viewer on a tidal wave of pop-culture destruction, awed by the magnitude of the forces rendering human being helpless in their path.  

Heath Franco’s looks to his childhood hometown in Berridale NSW to reveal the at times grotesque nature of nationalism and the potential for a rural home-town to become a place of mental entrapment. While  Halinka Orszulok’s Dammed comprises a painting of an old dam near Mittagong alongside two paintings of suburban houses, reflecting the mental disconnection often experienced, between the natural resources we use daily and the sometimes damaging techniques used to acquire them. 

Finally, looking at Australia’s problematic cultural identity and its histories is Fernando do Campo’s installation and textile works. Do Campo interrogates how we talk about the colonial narrative in contemporary  Australia by exploring the introduction of non-native species through aesthetic abstractions. 

False Sense of Security is on at The Lock-Up from Saturday 6 February to Sunday 11 April. RSVP for opening night here.