2017 Finalists

Nathan STOLZ

Artist statement: Concerned with notions of identity and place, Aporia examines a complicated constellation of gender, class and race across the Australian landscape, both geographic and social. Oscillating between the twin poles of intimacy and distance, the series interrogates the tension at the heart of this ancient land, yet still-young nation's identity crisis. Plagued by its colonial legacy, the spectre of this poisonous past haunts present day debates from immigration through to notions of nationhood.

Deploying a poetic logic, the work relies on relations between charged fragments, as intricately interwoven as the politics of difference under investigation. The resulting series offers a lyrical narrative, reflecting on a febrile mix of histories and ideologies, presenting the aporetic in all its complexity.



Nathan STOLZ
Anna and Nungarrayi  2018
from the series Aporia
chromogenic print
60.0 x 80.0 cm
courtesy of the artist


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