Pilar Mata Dupont — Purgatory was itself a mountain

Yläkerta | 3/9/2016–20/9/2016

In her solo prac­tice, Mata Dupont has taken a turn toward intel­lec­tual his­to­ry, and how the values and iniqui­ties of European moder­nism express them­sel­ves in landsca­pe… Purgatory was itself a moun­tain, says Dante, the third layer between a net­herworld and who knows whe­re.”
Jason Farago in the sum­mer 2016 issue of Even (evenmagazine.com)

In Purgatory was itself a moun­tain, Pilar Mata Dupont (AUS/NL) shows three recent, award-win­ning or nomi­na­ted video works made in Australia, Germany, and Switzerland. The films pre­sen­ted look at the moun­tain as a metap­hor for alie­na­tion and inequi­ty, and how his­to­ry makes itself known in the pre­sent. Using alle­go­rical adap­ta­tions of texts by Sigmund Freud, Dante Alighieri, and Thomas Mann, the works inves­ti­ga­te group psyc­ho­lo­gy and tyran­ny, the bureauc­ra­te­se and poli­tici­sa­tion of asy­lum see­ker policy, and the glo­ri­fica­tion of his­to­rical wars.

Pilar Mata Dupont is an inter­discipli­na­ry artist based between Australia and the Netherlands wor­king in video, per­for­mance, and pho­to­grap­hy. Using theat­rical and cine­ma­tic met­hods, she inves­ti­ga­tes ideas of natio­na­lism, iden­ti­ty, and myt­ho­lo­gy through the use of alle­go­ry and nar­ra­ti­ve.

In 2015, she won the Plymouth Contemporary Open in the United Kingdom, and the Wexner Center resi­dency prize at the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil in São Paulo, Brazil. Her most recent solo scree­ning, Kaiho, ope­ned in the Rappu space at the Pori Art Museum, Finland in 2014. Other recent exhi­bi­tion high­lights inclu­de group shows at the Seoul Museum of Art in Seoul, Secession museum in Vienna, and with col­lec­ti­ve Hold Your Horses at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. In col­la­bo­ra­tion with Tarryn Gill, she par­tici­pa­ted in the Sydney Biennale in 2010.

This exhi­bi­tion has been assis­ted by the Western Australian Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts.

Exhibition design by Jammie Nicholas (www.jammienicholas.com)

Exhibition trai­ler: vimeo.com/178028867