The Camouflage Act - C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne / by Torika Bolatagici

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The Camouflage Act

C3 Contemporary Art Space
31.1.18 - 25.2.18

My solo exhibition 'The Camouflage Act' opens at C3 Contemporary Art Space this week and features 19 new works made during and following my residency at Fresh Milk Barbados in 2016.

In Barbadian law ‘The Camouflage Act’ forbids civilians wearing any camouflage clothing. The law (which is enforced by the police) reflects broader notions of the visibility and invisibility of power in Barbados. Considered to be the first British plantation experiment, Barbados’ rich and complex history is a mix of colonialism, African slavery, Anglo indentured servitude and the myth of an ‘absent’ indigenous population. In Barbados, the flora and fauna are predominantly explanted, with only one gully on the island containing indigenous plant life. This new body of photographic and video work explores the politics of space, displacement, identity and belonging in Barbados where the traces of empire are palpable.

31 January 2018
The Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St. Abbotsford
VIC 3067 Australia

Gallery Hours:
10am – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday during exhibition periods.

Documentation photos by Jon Butt.