Oil on canvas
171 x 230cm
Officially opened at 7.15 pm by Elizabeth Ann Macgregor
Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. - The works of Forgetful Sky-each powerful video or photographic vignettes, rendering facets of amnesia and traumatic memory-combine in this exhibition to present a profound essay on visual imagina ...
In the photographic series Affinity a body forgets its dependency by remembering a fantasy of autonomy. Deploying projections of Antonio Canova’s Psyche revived by the kiss of Love (1793), Affinity explores the inter-dependencies of a sexual relationship. The sculptural body here acts as a screen ...
In Foreshadow, the objects we create forget our presence by looking back at our absence. This photographic series, shot in Berlin, explores the haunted quality of advertising displays. It investigates a world that doubles our own, but in doing so refuses to acknowledge our presence. While we cherish ...
Video/You and I 2009
In You and I a woman forgets her abuse of a prisoner by remembering the pleasure of her conquest; in Hold Me a man forgets his subjugation by remembering a wife, real or imagined, as he struggles to distance himself from the reality of
In Todtnauberg, the Jewish poet Paul Celan forgets his meeting with the German philosopher Martin Heidegger in 1967 by remembering an apology Heidegger never made. Heidegger’s notorious silence regarding his collaboration with the Nazis and his much-vaunted meeting with Celan is here a counterpoin ...
Chimera investigates the way in which our bodies are diffused by ghostly presences, be they the sexuality that escapes us or the bodies of those who have passed on that permanently inhabit us. Death and sexuality are typically positioned as opposites. In Chimera, however, they appear as complementa ...
Del Faveros Ombelico focuses on the significance of the human navel, the mark on the surface of the abdomen that traces the former site of the umbilical cord attached during gestation. The central point of life for the first eight months, the navel's
Photography/Prima Facie 1993
Del Faveros Prima Facie investigates the ambiguous nature of the male body. On the one hand this body is unique and independent, the sign of power in the human imaginary. On the other it is largely dependent, nurtured in a female body, a nurturing that is retained in its memory of itself as a fragil ...
Video/Deep Sleep 2004
Del Favero's video installation Deep Sleep meditates on the events during the 1970's surrounding the infamous Chelmsford Psychiatric Hospital, Sydney where patients were put to sleep in a deep coma for up to six weeks. Developed by Dr Harry Bailey, deep sleep therapy at Chelmsford saw up to forty pe ...