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Angela TIATIA

Artist statement: This work references several literary and artistic sources of the ancient Greek mythological figure Narcissus, from The metamorphoses by Ovid (8 AD) to the 1597–99 canvas by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio – Narcissus is the young man who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water.

Narcissus (2019) carries this ancient reference forward into contemporary times, reflecting on global selfie culture fuelled through social media such as Instagram, Facebook etc., where there are saturations of images of the self. The cast of 40 Narcissuses occupy a single platform in various acts, such as self-worship, ritual, joy, love, lust, disregard, all capable of deriving strength and unity from our shared humanity.


 

Angela TIATIA
Narcissus  2019
from the series Narcissus
pigment ink-jet print
160.0 x 244.0 cm
courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf (Sydney)

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