Daniel Connell: Encounter and Obligation


19 July 2019, 11:00 AM — 07 August 2019, 5:00 PM

SASA Gallery, Kaurna Building, Fenn Pl, UniSA City West Campus

Postgraduate Season at the SASA Gallery

Daniel Connell: Encounter and Obligation

July 19 - August 7 (Monday-Friday, 11AM-5PM)

Launch: Friday July 19, 5-7PM

This summary exhibition is the result of practice-led research into portraiture as a contemporary art practice. It traces the progress of portraits moving off the wall and into the socially-engaged sphere by looking at the internal mechanisms of a portrait and extrapolating. Portraiture has a colonial heritage in capturing and fixing an other identity, and this needs to be challenged because identity is also both fluid and reflexive.

These multiple bodies of work seek an alternative model for representation. Can representation be necessary and needed? Can it be advocacy? Can it force a stance in solidarity, be a space of hospitality and question the self and narcissism that is too often at the core of identity politics?

The representation in these portraits talks of opportunities for partnership, aware of associated awkwardness and imbalance, but aiming to break down the toxicity of a multiculturalism which has become a landscape of sealed silos. This work emanates from India and Australia – featuring recent migrant communities and relationships across many countries.

This exhibition will include a free weekly cover letter and CV writing workshop for new migrants with SAPNAM (South Australian Professional Networking Association for Migrants).

Mor and Mornee (charcoal on wall) and Aunty, Gawaddi Village, Punjab, 2014. Image: Daniel Connell