Artist Profile: Samantha Taylor
Artist Profile | Samantha Taylor

Immerse Yourself in ‘Diaspora’ at Platform Arts

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October 22, 2020
Recent LCI Melbourne graduate, Samantha Taylor, explores cultural identity and diversity through her third solo exhibition ‘DIASPORA’.

Samantha is a Singaporean-Australian multidisciplinary artist who lives and works on Wathaurong land. Her practice involves installation, sculptural objects, performative gestures and photographic documentation.

In ‘DIASPORA’, Samantha addresses discourse surrounding transcultural identity and the diasporic consciousness, emphasising the necessity for protection of Asiatic customs. The process of this introspection is enabled through preservation of the personal archive, sitting alongside auto ethnographic diaristic accounts.

Through the application of sculptural objects, archived personal effects and photographic documentation, Samantha depicts biographical accounts in relation to the diasporic consciousness. This body of work surveys methodologies of preserving South-East Asian customs within the context of Australian suburbia.

Samantha attempts to fuse Eastern and Western ideologies, resulting in the development of a third culture – a standpoint within the in-between. Samantha initiates a dialogue that addresses issues of marginalisation, racism, anecdotal histories and shared cultural experiences. She concludes that individual entities are strengthened through formation of a collective, resulting in a unified front.

You can immerse yourself in ‘Diaspora’ through Platform Arts here! Samantha’s body of work will be exhibited virtually until 6 November 2020.

In addition to the captivating exhibition, Samantha participated in an artist talk last week, alongside Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson. The online discussion, facilitated by Anindita Banerjee, explored each artist’s current exhibition housed at Platform Arts, their broader artistic practices and the diasporic experience of art-making.

You can access the online discussion recording here. Consider transcultural practice, the notion of a third cultural space and concepts of belonging; with three dynamic and engaging creatives.

Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson is a Bahá’í video artist, based in Perth, Western Australia. Through her practice, she explores the Iranian diaspora within the Australian community and uncovers her family’s experience of displacement during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Anindita Banerjee is an interdisciplinary artist based in Ballarat; working in video, textiles, ephemeral installations and visual art juxtaposed with performance.

Exhibition Photo Credit | Leiko Manang

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