Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont are Australian based visual artists working in photography, film, performance, and set & costume design. They have exhibited work at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Art Basel, Miami; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; The Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland; and at the 17th Biennale of Sydney.
On Air - Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata DupontThe ikono On Air Festival will show Gymnasium by Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont: Gymnasium Ideas of the fascist aesthetic, it's use in propaganda and the cult of the heroic sportsperson in Australia permeate Gymnasium. "Fascism is theatre," said Jean Genet, so we have portrayed 20 athletes 'performing' various indoor gymnastic-like routines. Their movements are repetitive, drone-like, made with the poise and perfection of an ancient statue of Diana, and their smiles are like Ziegfeld's girls in his 1920s follies. Indeed, the Nazi soldiers in the propaganda film, Triumph of the Will (1935) by Leni Riefenstahl and her perfectly honed athletes in Olympia (1938) are heavily referenced in this work. We find that alluring visual effects of this kind of propaganda suggest a sinister subtext; that the qualities valued in sport - camaraderie, bodily and mental control, submissive behaviour and endurance of pain - are also valued in militarised societies. We link the sportsfield to the battlefield as a location for the demonstration of legitimate patriotic aggression, and success in both as a source of national pride. Through the display of these Australian replica sports heroes using a tongue-in-cheek, fascist-styled aesthetic the fascist nationalistic aggression is implied and transposed into Australian culture. Winning work for the 2010 Basil Sellers Art Prize.
On Air - Pilar Mata DupontThe ikono On Air Festival will show Avernus by Pilar Mata Dupont. Pilar Mata Dupont is an interdisciplinary artist working in film, photography, and performance. Her recent work explores aspects of identity and nationalism (especially in militarised societies) through the appropriation of memory, mythology, and history. Pilar Mata Dupont about her work In my solo practice I am interested in re-creating or re-imagining memories or histories based on fragments of texts, photographs or people's stories; exploring how memory/history can be disfigured or glorified. At present I am experimenting with creating narratives, through film and photography, as hybrids of various mythologies and the memories relayed to me by people I meet while traveling. I am doing this in order to create a sort of new world mythology, stripped of the grandeur of the original myth, but bestowing a heightened reality and meaning to ordinary memory. These experiments further my interest in engaging with and subverting storytelling tropes, and resume my investigations into the genre of magic realism as a device to explore the effects of colonialism, nationalism, and militarised societies. At this time I am on a two year-long research trip during which I am developing projects around the world, including stays in the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, United Kingdom, Argentina, China, and North and South Korea. Avernus In this work the artist experiments with creating a narrative as a hybrid of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and various collected memories associated with loss, and the moments leading up to the loss of a person from one’s life, through death or another form of parting. The movement was developed between the director and the two performers and was designed to reflect the transient movements of water and the act of washing/cleansing. This work has been developed in collaboration between the CineB Festival, Chile and MUBI. Working with the Nine Inch Nails album 'Ghosts I - IV' and 36 international directors a feature film is currently being created based on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. The feature film is due for release in 2013 and will tour to London and New York. More at festivalcineb.com
LinksPilar Mata Dupont - www.pilarmatadupont.com Tarryn and Pilar - www.tarrynandpilar.com Hold Your hroes - www.hyh.com.au
VideosThe Musical (2001) by Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont Performance and video work Hold Your Horses presents: The Soloists (a case study) Working with WA composer Tim Cunniffe, Hold Your Horses (Thea Costantino, Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont) have created 'The Soloists (a case study)', a choral adaptation of Freud’s famous ‘failed’ case, Dora. Dora is an eighteen-year-old ‘hysteric’ hopelessly entangled in the destructive relationships of her family and their intimate friends. Freud’s attempts to enact a cure are thwarted by Dora’s ability to elude the analysis. In The Soloists, the testimonies of each character within the case study compete within a sound world made entirely of human voices. The work was developed during a residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre and presented in a solo exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre from the 21st May - 17th July 2011. 'Ever Higher' (excerpt) from Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont This work was created with the support of the Western Australian government through the Department of Culture and the Arts. Filmed on location at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Image: Bloodsport promo photo by Kim Tran