22nd June – 7th July
si ma va
‘I’m not sure we should say hello to each other at openings anymore’
‘I’m not sure we should say hello to each other at openings anymore’ presents two outcomes bound together – a video inspired by Hans Namuth’s film Pollock Painting (1951), and subtitled text motivated by an incident at an opening where a conversation both drew boundaries and crossed them. The work considers the stakes and effect of the social, especially when upheld ideals of modernity are incongruous with the reality at hand.
si ma va’s multi-disciplinary practice is largely borne from social bonds. They are interested in the extent that the performative and ‘showtime’ function as conditions of legitimacy, as well as the catalysts and consequences of both formal and informal exchanges that employ a deferral of risk. Their work often takes form as improvised gestures, collaboratively produced art objects, provisional documentation, anecdotal texts and correspondence. It frequently absolves the objective of discrete works for slighter gestures and events that lend to intertextual readings. Their work embraces the impulsive, incidental and antithetical. Common themes include tensions between the personal/interpersonal, quality/inequality and subjectivity/veracity. si ma va is based in Melbourne. In 2015 they completed Honours in Fine Art at RMIT University. They have exhibited locally, nationally and overseas. They have not been the recipient of any accolades, grants or residencies.