Beyond Knowledge
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Swallows Part 2

Etienne Boura
Emily Jones
Joshua Santospirito

MOONAH ARTS CENTRE

27 Albert Road, Moonah, TAS

16 October- 7 November 2020

Etienne Boura

Etienne Boura uses collage to explore innermost thoughts, interests and ideologies.

What is our connection with Reality? What is the universe? What did we forget? What is the scope of human intelligence?

We have been searching and seeking answers to deep questions since forever in order to reach higher levels of knowledge and consciousness — questioning all things on earth and beyond.

Etienne’s work visualises his feelings about the connection between human, reality and the universe. The characters in the collages are witnesses or actors of their own discoveries and realisations.

“The mystery of life is not a problem to be solve, but a reality to be experienced” — Alan Watts.

Emily Jones

Emily Jones sets her scenes in familiar commercial and public spaces. Her work comments of the positive and negative effects of consumerism on our society. It digs a little deeper into the layers of our social fabric.

Emily looks to her ordinary surroundings for inspiration. The communal spaces where people flock daily and perform common routines. A crucible of humanity, our local shops are familiar by necessity if not by choice. All at once: busy, exciting, aspirational and sometimes depressing — crowds gather but not for connection. In contrast, she explores simple moments of wonder that cannot be bought.

She is also curious about the recent popularity of SUVs and luxury utes; and considers their impact on urban aesthetics, social status, safety and the environment.

Joshua Santospirito

An exhibition of original comic art from Joshua Santospirito’s work-in-progress graphic novel Swallows Part Two — a book about searching for ancestors.

In 2018 Josh returned for a holiday to the Aeolian Islands, North of Sicily, from where his father’s family migrated from. His visit filled with snippets of history, amusing family anecdotes and mythology — weaving a story through which Josh attempts to understand what (if any) connection he might have to that place.

With his parents in tow, Josh tries to find out what drove his ancestors to leave those islands for Australia — and why human history is filled with stories of humans constantly on the move.

Swallows is an ambitious but heart-warming episodic storytelling project. It has its origin in 2013 when Tony Santospirito, Josh’s father, created a homebound booklet about Josh’s grandfather Antonio and his relationship to the city of Melbourne over the 20th century. The series investigates the stories of all human migration.

Exhibition opening:

Friday, 16 October @ 6pm

Exhibition runs:

16 October-7 November, 2020

visit:

www.moonaharts centre.org.au