Mayma Awaida and Tony Sarre
In collaboration with Tom Allum and Lincoln Mackinnon
Undermining the foundations of the ‘visual’ arts, Blindness lends itself to a deeply embodied reading of space. Through this lens, echoes, voices, and light have expansive potential beyond simply creating an atmosphere: they generate important microcosms of information which contribute to the energy of a place.
Beckoning for closeness toys with the physicality of sound to create multiple audio circuits within the gallery, each representing a unique facet of blind navigation including, diegetic sound, description, and conversation. Uniting aural, tactile, and visual mediums, the work collapses the distance that is usually assumed between an artwork and its audience, and instead invites participants to attune their senses and engage with attentiveness and consideration.
Beckoning for closeness is Mayma Awaida and Tony Sarre’s first exhibition and an expanded iteration of their audio piece, Rethinking the Image which was commissioned by Perth Festival 2021, and later developed through an artistic residency at Art on The Move.
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Image: Mayma Awaida and Tony Sarre, Circulation, 2021. Courtesy the artists.