Latham Zearfoss - ships in the night

From 20 Feb 2019 5:30 PM
To 15 Mar 2019 4:00 PM
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The Engine Room

'Ships in the night' is an allegorical consideration of how bodies and objects are increasingly choreographed and stymied within our crumbling colonial world order. New sculptural works by American artist Latham Zearfoss formally and conceptually align through the reverent use of low-grade packing material - brown paper, cardboard and tape. Resembling an abandoned logistics company, 'ships in the night' is comprised of several strategic aesthetic interventions that create dynamic formations of suspicious packages that may elicit joy, skepticism, desire, wonder, fear and panic. *ships in the night* poetically interrogates the valorisation of a global 'free market,' in contrast to the violent, jingoistic fervor that has gripped so many nations. Put more plainly, decreased regulation (increased flow of goods) synchronises with decreased value for human life (increased militarisation of borders). All the while, cornerstones of liberal humanism like class mobility, governmental transparency and a shared belief in fundamental human rights get carried away by the changing tides, passing into shadow as though they were mere "ships in the night".


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