Our Shadows

Installation view. Used with permission. Credit: Elizabeth Tunstall.

Our Shadows, Noir Darkroom, Coburg, 2018. Curated by Lisa Jacomos, Amelia Saward and Maria 

Exhibition statement:

“’When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow’ – Ursula K. Le Guin

Our Shadows seeks to explore the darker side of humanity. These ‘shadows’ permeate our lived experiences and contribute to worldwide instability, conflict and suffering. . Conscious or subconscious prejudices are paradoxically an ever continuous source and response to this trauma, acting as both a causative agent or an after effect. Though disasters, pain and suffering are an ever present part of the human condition, there remains an inherent shock felt when atrocities or pain are realised. Is this ignorance? Maybe forgetfulness? Or a repression of the negative in favour of positive stories? Whatever our collective response to trauma and tragedy, a dark side of humanity is an ever constant fact of life that must be recognised.

Our Shadows will display artworks that reflect on and disrupt notions of violence, hatred, destruction, pain or suffering – forcing viewers to acknowledge and confront challenging topics.”


© Amelia Saward 2019