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Giordano Biondi & Riza Manalo

Vacui

Salt crystals, metal boat

Dimensions variable
 
 
Vacui, 2013
Salt crystals, metal boat
ADFA Building, Mildura
Photograph: Daniel Downing


Giordano Biondi has based his practice on the production of narrative devices that can produce alter‐egos to both fictional and real environments, delving into the lost or secondary histories of space and text to produce new arrangements that spawn new conceptual patterns. He works with many different mediums, but has a predilection for mapping, grids, modules and architectural features.

Riza Manalo’s body of work continues to explore questions of memory and identity through the modes of video, site‐specific installation and performance. Her work is an exploration of process and narrative using various digital media to capture the source and use as a point of departure to create different abstract moments and open‐ ended narratives. Manalo’s intent is to reconcile past experiences and invent future ones. Her work centres on the impact of displacement and arrival into a new place.

The artists started to collaborate during an art residency held at Sile, Turkey, in October 2012. They found common ground in the reutilization of modular objects, such as lifesavers and lifejackets, to produce poignant sculptural installations that highlight the intrinsic visual and intellectual qualities of repetition, producing conceptual pieces that can best explain a site with plurality rather than by singularity. Both use personal experience to delve into the conception and production of artwork, using the personal to unlock form and thought into a wider area of fruition. The qualities of material become the textures of thought and emotion, and work them into deceivingly simple artefacts or arrangements that can serve as atlases of personal recollection, miniature cosmos.
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