In the exhibition à la dérive, Izabela Pluta presents a new body of work which explores the complexity of place. She considers the sense of loss and longing that may be experienced through cultural dislocation and one’s detachment from home, and how this could manifest itself in the present moment. Through photographs, photo-objects, drawings and photomurals, Pluta reflects on the gap between the actual place and one’s desire to imagine another time, place and experience: a duality of existing between two places.
Izabela Pluta is a Polish-born, Sydney based artist who uses photography and installation to explore the experience of traversing between places. Her images offer glimpses into seemingly distant narratives where a sense of history is considered, revealing the landscape in built reminders of time.
The project was developed during a residency at the Cité International des Arts studio in Paris through the College of Fine Arts UNSW, and funded by a Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and an Ian Potter Foundation Cultural Trust Grant.
Mutiny occurs to the contents of a skull
when a world meets the world.
Thoughts witness their own hijacking.
The air in the room exhales and fills our lungs.
What treasures we have amassed
with untouchable sanctity.
Homes of gold to keep them warm,
destroying art for some necessary bite.
Setting up our special set of cards,
a castle made by man in our very private room.
Searching for the right words
the epic lies dormant in our breakfast.
If the private explodes is the game designed for us?
Dale Miles is a Sydney artist. Graduating with honours from the National Art School in 2007. Miles has exhibited in galleries such as: MOP, Art Gallery of NSW, Wollongong City Gallery, Stella Downer Fine Art and NG Art. He has also shown in Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2003, 2007 and 2008.
MOP Projects is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments