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Jacqui Shelton, Speakers' Dilemma, forward towards distant object
What would you think if I said I’d lost the trust I had in images? No image seems to do what it is supposed to, they all fall flat, held up by some frame or screen that enforces their accountability but I don’t believe it. As though there is no more joy to be had there, which I know not to be true.
I have a book where lines of the atlas are traced in small soft pencil strokes, so that shorelines, borders, and longitudes become soft approximations of a debatable truth. On another page is a small drawing of a lighthouse, the rest of the drawing is so soft that you can hardly tell that the lighthouse is on top of a globe - only the lighthouse is dark as it lights the whole piece of paper.
Speakers' Dilemma is a short, narrated walk which begins at and circles back to TCB. This work considers scripted behaviour, speaking for others, recitation and mangled histories, and has a number of potential outcomes and revelations dependant on a viewers experience.
This work uses the city and its gridded structure imposed on stolen Wurrundjeri land. I would like to pay respect to the people of the Kulin nations and their Elders past, present, and future, and acknowledge my postition as a white settler speaking in relation to and traversing their land.
Jacqui Shelton is a video and performance artist based in Melbourne whose practice considers the politics and potential of voicing as a reciprocal event. By reconsidering the role of the voice and embodied knowledge, her work explores the open potential for intimacy, discovery and knowledge production through contingencies of site and experience.