KEG DE SOUZA
Screening: If There’s Something Strange in Your Neighbourhood
Saturday 19 March 5pm
Keg de Souza is an Australian artist working with mediums such as inflatable architecture, food, film, mapping and dialogical projects to explore the politics of space. This investigation of social and spatial environments is influenced by her formal training in architecture and experiences of radical spaces through squatting and organising. She often creates site and situation specific projects with people, with an emphasis on knowledge exchange.
Keg is a member of various collaborative groups, such as SquatSpace Artist Collective, NUCA: The Network of Un-Collectable Artists, and The Rizzeria printmaking collective and has been self-publishing her own artist’s books and zines for over 15 years under the name All Thumbs Press. Recent exhibitions include; the 5th Auckland Triennial, 15th Jakarta Biennale and Vertical Villages at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (all 2013), Temporality in Architecture, Food and Communities, Delfina Foundation, London; Temporary Spaces, Edible Places, Atlas Arts, Isle of Skye, Scotland and If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood… Ratmakan Kampung, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (all 2014) and Temporary Spaces, Edible Places: Vancouver and Preservation; both Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver and Temporary Spaces, Edible Places: New York, AC Institute, New York (all 2015).
If There’s Something Strange in Your Neighbourhood (2014) explores the gentrification of a squatter settlement built in the 70s on a graveyard alongside Yogyakarta’s main river, Kali Code. In 2013 the local mayor announced he wanted to develop this area and local residents have already started being pushed out. Due to the history of this place, tombstones are still visible in the walls of the kampung (neighbourhood) and ghost activity is abundant. For years people in the area have relied heavily on the local ghost mover to relocate the ghosts out of their houses, but these paranormal evictions are now becoming an uncanny parallel for their own evictions in the living world.
Image: Keg de Souza If There’s Something Strange in Your Neighbourhood, 2014. (installation image, site Ratmakan Kampung Indonesia).