6th February – 28th March 2021
Monumental is a new suite of works by Amrita Hepi that casts a central colonial figure within a continual sunrise… or is it a sunset? Through performance the monument is serenaded by sound and dance, then destroyed by paddles and cricket bats, and finally replaced by seven people. By creating a dreamscape of dance and demise, Hepi sets her sights on the historical archive of colonial monuments, making them bodily once more.
Monumental was made in January 2020; kept alive in spirit, action, song and dance through a pandemic; while other monuments around the world began to fall and were decommissioned.
Amrita Hepi’s mission as an artist is to push the barriers of intersectionality in form and make work that establishes multiple access points through allegory. Her practice at present is interested in forms of hybridity — especially those that arise under empire.
Commissioned by Gertrude Contemporary.
Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.