Originally conceptualised as a part of an assignment for my Masters of Arts Curatorship degree, this exhibition has the potential to explore an individual's relationship to the space around them. Unfortunately due to some of the limitations of this website platform, not all of the proposed works are included on this page.
The central business district of a city is often seen as the heart of major cities and a defining feature of a city’s culture, people and identity. As huge numbers of people make a daily commute to the central business district for work and leisure, the way people move through and within the iconographic elements of a city’s identity becomes a defining feature of our personal identity. Individuals are often categorised based on where they come from, with the closet major city being the definitive element of their sense of place. This interaction between space and place, identity and location, will be explored through the vision of younger artists’ in their exploration of the impact of the city on their development and identity. Through contemporary photography and video media works, this exhibition will present a visual conversation between the role or urban and natural environments within an ever-developing world. The use of current, modern photographical practice highlights the technological developments our society has become accustomed to reflect the progression of our culture.
With a primary focus on the interpretation of younger artists, different age groups and generations will be encouraged to review their own understanding and interpretation of their relationship to the city around them. With older generations having lived and worked in the city over an extended period, the new insight from a different point of view may reinforce or challenge their existing perceptions. Therefore, while the imagery will focus on a younger generation’s view, any age group will be able to form an interpretation.
By creating space to explore both the development of identity, the work of younger, emerging artists will form the foundation of perspective viewing from their generation. Historically, cities have been the foundation for industrialisation and economic development, yet with the technological advances of recent decades, younger generations have not directly experienced such physical means of development. The structure of the workforce has been impacted with many jobs either enhanced, or even replaced by technology. As a generation experiences the successes and improvements of such industrial development our relationship to the physical environment of such historical developments has inevitably changed.
This exhibition will highlight the importance of understanding how we relate to our physical locations in order to explore the importance and impact of space and place, on our identity.