Oppressors and the Oppressed (2011)

Curated by Lauren Hanrion
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In reflection to the current upheavals all over the world, it was inevitable that people were going to finally "wake up" from the constraints of their government in search for true freedom. Whilst growing up, each individual is repeatedly guaranteed by society promises of success and prosperity through hard work, yet those promises predictably remain unfulfilled. Pressures arise when people are expected to follow a particular pattern in life, i.e. accomplishing goals at a young age, attending university, and landing a career almost immediately afterward. However, most are left in the dark, jobless, directionless, and full of debt. They have found that they have hit a dead end. *********************************************************************************************************** The interactive video Epiglobis exploits the problem with unattainable desires related to globalisation. The eerie sound effects and images put the viewer on edge, naturally giving the piece a negative connotation with the desires that it randomly displays. The prominent human mouth after each image emphasises the almost forced consumption of these desires. *********************************************************************************************************** Future Generator further rises the issue of set, stereotypical paths that each individual in society is expected to follow in order to succeed as adults. Like the views held by the people in power, the individuals under their influence are seen merely as figures and numbers in a statistical data scheme. The interactive generator defines the user as such. *********************************************************************************************************** The video clips depicted in Promises, Promises is a reminder to the viewer that the eager hope for a better life and financial gain is unrealistic; the chances of winning, with an emphasise on the word chances, are miniscule. The clips show various game shows to the tune of upbeat music in which people lose everything in order to win. ********************************************************************************************************** Happy Days makes an interesting point on the matter of the oppression effecting this generation. Through flashy and bright text, the piece attempts to distract the viewer into forgetting their current woes in exchange for happiness. Of course, this is a fake and temporary happiness; it can come in many forms like the piece implies such as through other media outlets. Those in power want to convince the viewer that they are happy, despite the many problems occurring, in *********************************************************************************************************** As an optimistic conclusion to the exhibition, Peoples by Gregory Chatonsky offers a glimmer of hope to the viewer, expressing that each person is not simply a number or figure of data like the previous works have implied; through personal stories and images the piece instead asserts that each person holds unique values and talents in order to contribute to society. There is no need to follow a set path that is laid out before each individual.

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