Curated by BEC DEAN, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney.
March 3 – April 9, 2006
Also showcasing work by Ian Tippett, Lyndal Walker, Simon Cuthbert, Kate McMillian, Elvis Richardson, Greta Anderson.
‘You’re a loser, baby!
Not every exhibition has its own theme song. In a cunning move that cuts out the fuss of sound systems and copyright, curator Bec Dean’s exhibition is called If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too? That way, Mental as Anything’s boppy tune gets stuck in your head, creating a catchy virtual soundtrack. When they ask If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?, the Mentals put a cheeky spin on the heartbreak of being dumped. This exhibition uses similar tactics. Nine Australian artists mix a healthy dose of wit in photographs, installations and videos exploring the treacherous emotional territory of melancholia, loneliness and despair. (…) BORIS+NATASCHA’s DVD Meditations #1 parodies New Age self-help tapes. A soothing voice coaxes a naked woman to feel powerless and worthless, chanting the loser mantra: “You will never be good enough.” This is strong stuff.’
Sydney Morning Herald, March 17, 2006