Sahej Rahal’s art practice incorporates diverse media and techniques, including sculpture, painting, performance and digital coding. Rahal studied IT before Fine Artart at the Rachana Sansad Academy of Fine Art, Mumbai, and the knowledge he gained from this has informed his use of digital and AI technology in his artwork.
Rahal’s artworks often have a surreal appearance and function as windows into alternate worlds populated by alien, AI-driven creatures that wander within landscapes very different from our own. Rahal describes his recent body of work as a ‘growing mythology’ that is influenced by both his deep interest in science fiction and his critical engagement with the role of technology in our day-to-day lives. As an artist he is thrifty and resourceful, often incorporating found and discarded materials, such as broken furniture, into his sculptures of otherworldly beings. Rahal has exhibited widely in India and internationally and this exhibition will be the first time his art has been exhibited in Australia.
Justin Shoulder explores the complex interconnections of life, art and personal identity through an art practice that incorporates costuming, live performance and sculpture. For Feedback Loops, Shoulder presents a new exploration of Carrion, a shapeshifting character who has been born into a wasted world. Carrion belongs to a family of characters Shoulder has created and describes as ‘alter egos’. These characters are used in performances in diverse settings including theatre, the queer nightclub scene, and the art gallery.
Shoulder believes in ‘the power of transforming trash’, and often uses waste and surplus material to maintain an environmentally ethical art practice. He also frequently reuses and alters costumes in a continuing process, which sees characters evolve over multiple performances. Shoulder has performed internationally across Asia, Europe and North America. He was recently included in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial at GoMA and will present new work at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney.
Zadie Xa is a Canadian-born London-based multimedia artist whose practice incorporates painting, performance, video, textiles and costuming. For Feedback Loops, Xa has assembled a patchwork of new and recent artwork to create an immersive installation that explores the construction of identity within the Korean diaspora, through an autobiographical lens. Raised in Canada by her Korean Mother, Xa is interested in the intersecting cultural inheritances that contribute to her social and cultural identity. One specific aspect of culture that Xa draws upon in her practice is Korean shamanism. Xa has said “shamans sit between the living and the dead, and I think of it also as a metaphor for people who are circumnavigating the diaspora or living between different cultures or countries.”
Xa studied painting at the Royal College of Art, London, and has featured in exhibitions across North America, Europe and the UK. In 2020 Xa’s work will be included in the Diaspora Pavilion for the Sydney Biennale.