Pilar Mata Dupont | Australia

Artist awarded with the WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS residency prize at Wexner Center for the Arts (Ohio, USA)

Visual artist. She works with video, photography, performance, and design. Her work explores the notions of nationalism, identity, and mythology as psychological triggers of nostalgia, through parables and highly cinematic and theatrical methods. Mata Dupont’s photographs and films work with national narratives from several countries, including Australia, Finland and South Korea. Her technically refined pieces explore the spectacular dimension of image and its power of attraction. Her work has been shown at group exhibitions at The Secession Building in Vienna, Austria (2014); the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Japan (2014); Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Germany (2012); the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia (2012 and 2008); Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France (2011); the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2010); and others. She won the prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize in 2010, in partnership with her collaborator Tarryn Gill. Pilar Mata Dupont lives and works between Perth, Australia and Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Purgatorio | 2014, video

The construction of the modern State is intimately tied to the emergence of bureaucracy, a structure that guarantees the functioning of the public sphere under the principles of impersonality. This is what this Brechtian operetta is about. In its skits, duly uniformed executioners, hiding behind computers, telephones, record files, and counters, go about disgracing an endless number of outcasts, refugees, torture victims and immigrants, people who find no solace in the architecture of power in place in modern times.

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