27th May – 13th June 2017
Anna Schwartz Gallery
‘The Calls’ presents a series of needlepoint works, meditating on the vocalisation of “hey!” emanating from those detained on Manus and Nauru Island. Recorded in a variety of languages, including Dari, Hindi, Farsi, English, Sinhalese and Vietnamese, the vocalisations are presented as spectrograms representing sound frequencies over time. The results are haunting abstract images that hint at a human form.
Louisa Bufardeci has been working with sound visualisation for over a decade. Compelled by the muteness of the visual representation of sound, she has created works such as Starter Pistols, 2005- 06, Anti-War Speeches, 2006, 13 Conversations, 2006, Every second is like forever, 2007 and Yes and No, 2009.
Her meticulous process embodies a sense of slowness and imbues the work with a precision that draws the viewer deep into the work. Adopting an opposing palette of both fiery and icy colours, each work recollects the situations of these cries: on the one hand of the violent riots and acts of self-destruction, and on the other the fall into depression reported by many people in detention.
Through her care and attention, Louisa Bufardeci brings vibrant focus to these abstracted cries.