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Annal Beads: Solo Show by Chantal Fraser opens Friday

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Pacific Art, Pacific Islander Art in Australia on November 30, 2009 at 4:10 am
Annal Beads:: Solo show by Chantal Fraser

Annal Beads:: Solo show by Chantal Fraser

OPENING:

6pm December 4 2009
Raw Space Galleries – 99 Melbourne St South Brisbane

The first solo exhibition by Brisbane based multi-media artist Chantal Fraser. Conjoining the annals of travel and tourism, this series shapes the parochial views of the tourist as subject.

A series of performative frames showcase a collection of neckpieces (Ula) from the artist’s Samoan family – gifts of significance, ceremony and value – alongside a collection of metallic beads thrown from the balconies of Bourbon St, New Orleans during Mardi Gras– an herogenous ritual that rewards the female tourist more beads on the exposing of breasts. Reinterpreting the significance of adornment the artist presents and plays with the disparate meanings of what it means to receive such objects from these heavily tourist promoted regions through flamboyancy, titillation and parody.

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