29 January – 6 March 2010
Bringing together work from four diverse cultures, Mind Games explores the psychology of play and the construction of identity.
In the sardonically entitled The Sport and Fair Play of Aussie Rules, Eric Bridgeman (Papua New Guinea/Australia) performs a series of caricatures that parody and critique stereotypes of masculinity and femininity in both black and white Australian culture. Suk Kuhn Oh (South Korea) stages scenes in the manner of a primary school reader that weave the imaginative confusion of a child confronted by the adult world with the trauma of lost identity in post-war Korea. Toshie Takeuchi (Japan) creates a vast panorama infested by children dressed as bunnies, which dramatise the idiosyncrasies of the infants at play while simultaneously suggesting the possibility of an anthropomorphic adult escape to a new childhood. Meanwhile, the Jackson Twins (UK) present a series of ironically melodramatic self-portraits that draw on the anxious fascination of pop culture with identical twins: cloning, doppelgangers, sibling rivalry, ESP and the notion of the evil other.