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Melbourne, VIC 3000

Dead Drop

From the Mailbox website


Ming-Zhu Hii

4 – 27 May 2017
Opening night: Thursday 4 May, 6-8pm

Dead Drop explores secret, physical and visual observations of women and their bodies. It is a meditation on relationships between the surveillance state, domestic violence, feminism, terror and power. The work takes the form of fragmented still frames and prose from the artist’s short film Close Observations of a Single Subject (2016), an investigation into the complex relationships that women in positions of power have with the lives and bodies of other women. 

This project uses the John Le Carré-esque trope of the existentialist spy novel genre to explore the concept of the violation of the female body; the female body as a subtler, more poetic metaphor for the body politic, and the erosion of human rights with increasing mass surveillance and data retention. The act of spying functions as a conduit for the observation and objectification of the female body in public space. 



Mailbox Art Space: 4th - 27th May, 2017

"Dead Drop" is an installed iteration of Close Observations of a Single Subject made specifically for exhibition in the 19 letterboxes at Mailbox Art Space in Melbourne's CBD. 

A poetic meditation on the act of observation, the work delves deeply into the resonances of a single moment, and the piercing, unsettling effect that memory can have on the way an individual sees the world -- and themselves. 

"Dead Drop" exhibits from the 4th - 27th May, 2017 at Mailbox Art Space
141-143 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 3000.

RSVP to attend opening night from 6pm on 4th May.