TRISTAN JALLEH & SASKIA PANDJI SAKTI
LITTLE DID THEY KNOW
SAT 16 AUGUST UNTIL SAT 6 SEPTEMBER 2008
Tristan Jalleh currently lives in a wicker basket of suburban escapism woven by a father obsessed with ancient civilizations, UFOs and war machines; simultaneously enlightening and terrifying Tristan as a child. This is evident in his work, be it drawing, sculpture or animation.
Tristan's current work explores reactions to technology, in particular how increased usage has resulted in some people individualising and anthropomorphising their interfaces, or an abject rejection for fear of invasion of privacy. He draws similarities with popular culture's representation of technology, such as science fiction, as another vessel for human fears and desires.
Saskia Pandji Sakti's practice looks at the fabrication of new realities, those boundaries between fantasy and reality, and the milieu in which our own personal and collective fictions intertwine with the familiar formula of pop and cult narratives.
Saskia's recent collection of photographs are concerned not so much with the spectacle, horror or pain of death but more the profound and banal ways in which death can affect (and reinterpret the significance of) life.
Little Did They Know draws upon society's existing notions surrounding death. That of sudden or accidental death, grief and bereavement, the ritual and myth associated with death and public mourning, and the depiction of death through film and the media.