This exhibition was originally scheduled for 2020 but Covid forced its
postponement. Mounted is very excited to now be able to host this show by two young emerging artists, both of whom are recent graduates of UNSW College of Art and Design.
Identity Consciousness is an exhibition that explores identity through the unique and specific lens of the life experiences of Third Culture Kids (TCK). Wikipedia reveals that TCK is a term coined in the 1950s to describe the experience of people whose life journeys are shaped by spending their developing years in a culture not that of their parents' or the culture of their country of nationality, and who also live in a different environment during a significant part of their child development years.
TCKs move between cultures before they have had the opportunity to fully develop their personal and cultural
identity. The first culture of such individuals refers to the culture of the country from which the parents originated, the second culture refers to the culture in which the family currently resides, and the third culture refers to the amalgamation of these two cultures.
Both the artists in this exhibition would describe themselves as TCKs.
How much of our identity is shaped by our surroundings, the cultural context that we inhabit, especially in the early years of life? The artists in this show wrestle with these questions in their work. They state, “ The cultural and life experiences we have had has profoundly shaped our artistic practice, and made our art what it is. Just as our life experience has had many cultural influences, our art inevitably reflects the rich diversity of cultural influences, both positive and negative, that have come our way, the confusion and fusion that form our unique personalities.”