Ozolins, B, My Voice, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (2021) [Published Creative Work]
Official URL: https://www.brigitaozolins.com/my-voice-2021
My Voice was commissioned for the inaugural Hobart Current exhibition, a collaboration between the City of Hobart and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Curated by Rosie Dennis, this first exhibition explores the theme of Liberty through the work of ten artists.
My response to the theme focused on the links between liberty and language. The word liberty is complex because it is not just about having total freedom – it is also about living within certain laws and bounds. It is when those bounds become overly restrictive, such as under a dictatorship, that personal liberty is at risk. A powerful way of controlling liberty is to control the use of language, and thus the voice of the people.
This project was particularly inspired by Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan, who is the youngest person to ever receive a Nobel peace prize at the age of seventeen. Despite an attempt on her life by the Taliban, and being placed under a Fatwa, she gives voice to girls who have been silenced in countries where their educational opportunities are denied or severely limited. On 12 July, 2013, at the Youth Takeover of the United Nations, Malala said:
I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.
Her statement is about the power of speaking up, of giving voice to the voiceless. It is about empowerment through individual expression for the collective good and stands against oppression and control.
Malala’s words have been rendered as clouds on the exterior of 85 Macquarie Street. They reflect against the limitlessness of the sky and beg the questions – whose voice? My voice, your voice, or our voice? And why should it be raised up?
|Item Type:||Published Creative Work|
|Keywords:||installation, public art, text-based art, liberty|
|Research Division:||Creative Arts and Writing|
|Research Group:||Visual arts|
|Research Field:||Fine arts|
|Objective Division:||Culture and Society|
|Objective Field:||The creative arts|
|UTAS Author:||Ozolins, B (Dr Brigita Ozolins)|
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