IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ANTIDOTE: A FESTIVAL OF IDEAS, ACTION & CHANGE – SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, WESTERN BROADWALK.
Thai-Australian artist Nathan Beard’s work places the sincere and intimate engagements with his family alongside broader cultural signifiers to generate creative slippages of identity. Inspired by the nuanced expressions for smiling within the Thai language, the series Siamese Smize manipulates found portraits from Beard’s family home in Thailand, interrogating the friendliness that prevails as a Thai stereotypes within a Western context. White Gilt is a series of works that unpack the cultural associations of various hand gestures in Thai culture. The artist’s hands, adorned with customised sets of nail extensions, engage with the complexities of cultural performance and authenticity.