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Jemima Wyman

Deepsurface and Cautionary signs (Anonymous March, Los Angeles, USA, March 15, 2008 (Stars), March against Monsanto protesters, Florida, USA, October 12, 2013 (Tie-Dye), Budget-cut protester, London, March 26, 2011 (Cat), Anti-labor Law protester, Paris, France, June 14, 2016 (Stripes), Greenpeace activists against deforestation, Tartagal, Argentina, August 31, 2004 (Jaguar spots), Occupy Wall St protester, New York, USA, October 15, 2011 (Coin), 2018

painted-photographs, spray-painted tarp, various painted fabric
317.5 x 640.7 x 2.5cm
About Jemima Wyman
Jemima Wyman is interested in the notion of visual resistance through camouflage, patterning and masking. The artist – a palawa woman who is a descendant of the pairrebeener people of tebrakunna and poredareme – investigates and considers camouflage, when used by marginalised groups, as a tactic and subversive political and social strategy used to gain counter-power in conflict zones. Wyman recognises the importance of opacity in a post-truth society marred by state surveillance and hyper-transparency. Not only does camouflage and masking obscure identity, but ‘communal skins’ can act as a binding agent, creating collective identities; ‘when worn, a mask may permit an individual to simultaneously transgress social boundaries while belonging to a group. In this way, identity is expressed yet anonymity is protected.’ Written by Goldsmiths CCA