Returning: Chapter 1
What to expect?
Experience our changing world through visionary new perspectives
In this innovative and thought-provoking new collection of video works, specially commissioned by the Sydney Opera House, four artists from Australia and Asia respond to our collective moment in time, offering succinct meditations on the events, experiences and propositions prompted by the pandemic.
As we emerge from a tumultuous year, these new works transform our global reorientation into visions of a possible future – adjusting to the rhythms of the unknown and offering us a glimmer of the way forward.
Acclaimed Japanese visual artist Yu Araki reanimates the Greek underworld for Bivalvia: Act II, an experimental film featuring an opera-singing oyster puppet; New York-based Australian multi-hyphenate Caroline Garcia deploys a body camera, typically used by the police force, for a timely meditation on grief, violence and resistance in Force of a .22 Calibre Bullet; Australian photographer and video artist Cherine Fahd’s offers a tender document of public connection, embrace and yearning in Play Proximus; and interdisciplinary Japanese artist Koki Tanaka surveys personal archives to explore the effects of COVID and self-isolation in Reflective Notes (Reconfiguration).
Co-presented with The Japan Foundation Sydney, each artwork comes with behind-the-scenes interviews and past works by the artists.