Roberta Rich (VIC) - I'm Cornered
Opening - 5:30 PM - Wednesday, 7th October
Artist Talks - 6:00pm
Running - 8th October 2015 - 24 October 2015
I’m Cornered reflects on experiences of ‘race’ interrogation I have encountered. Presenting an appropriation of Adrian Piper’s Cornered (1988), I endeavour to re-visit questions posed by Piper, surrounding the contradictory nature of ‘race’ categorisation and construction. “Cornered” at times from both ‘white’ and ‘black’ communities, I similarly draw from my autobiographical position as a primary source of research, exploring how my South African and Australian identity could pass, fail and/or speak. This is attempted through the self-assigned task to perform inter-contextual identity positions (learning Afrikaans) as a means of potentially subverting and negotiating my personal histories of ambiguity and fixity via text and video installations.
Roberta Rich’s practice engages with notions of ‘authentic’ identity construction in contemporary culture. Rich responds to representation and conceptions of ‘race’ with satire and humour in her video, installation and text projects. Rich studied a BFA (2009) with First Class Honours (2010), and completed her MFA with an APA scholarship at Monash University (2013). Rich has exhibited at KINGS ARI, Seventh, Trocadero Art Space, No Vacancy, Techno Park Studios, National Wool Museum and Linden Art Prize 2014. Rich will undergo a forthcoming residency at Assemblage, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016).
image: Roberta Rich, Detail from R. Rich, ‘Appendix G, Ek is ‘n Hoek Vasgekeur (I’m Cornered), performance transcript’, from Oorspronklik, MFA Thesis, 2013.