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BY Cyrus Tang | 12-Jul-2013
Cyrus Tang’s Unknown is a memorial to those who disappear quietly from the world.
Venue: Anna Pappas Gallery
Address: 2-4 Carlton Street, Prahran, Victoria
Date: Tues 3 September - Sat 5 October
Time: 10am - 6pm
Web: http://www.annapappasgallery.com/
Unknown - Image 1, 2012, Chromogenic colour print, 150 x 100cm
© the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery

Cyrus Tang’s Unknown is a memorial to those who disappear quietly from the world. The artworks that will be presented in Tang’s upcoming solo exhibition Unknown were developed during the Australia-Korea Reciprocal Residency 2012, supported by Asialink. During her time in Korea, Tang visited over fifty salons in Seoul in order to collect human hair. Dying the hair white and weaving it into a blanket-like form, Tang used the mass of hair as a base onto which she projected images of unidentified human bodies. In these works, Tang has created haunting photographic and video portraits of unidentified and nameless individuals.

Through this body of work Tang is questioning our emotions about a person’s death going unnoticed and examines the fragility of the human existence. Tang believes that among the various stories in the world, the ones about disappearing are the most captivating to us. ‘Whether slowly or suddenly, everything around us will eventually disappear irrevocably. We too will disappear.’(Tang) Tang completed a Master of Fine Art (Research) at Monash University in 2010 after previously completing Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the VCA in 2004. Tang has held frequent solo exhibitions both in Australia and overseas including Crystal Day, Kallio Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland (2013); The Fleeting Now and Eternity, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne (2010); and Ruin, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Victoria, Australia (2009). Tang has also had her work present in a solo exhibition at Art Stage Singapore (2012) with Anna Pappas Gallery.

Tang has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants and residencies including the Skills and Arts Development Grant, Australian Council for the Arts (2012); New Work Grant, Australian Council for the Arts (2009); Asialink Visual Arts Residency, Goyang Art Studio, Korea (2012); and Cite International des Arts Residency, Paris, France (2009) and most recently the Helsinki International Artist Programme Residency, Helsinki, Finland (2013). Tang lives and works in Melbourne. Tang is represented exclusively by Anna Pappas Gallery. Unknown is her fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.