ii. Self-isolating in your heart.
Natasha Matila-Smith (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Hine, Samoan, Pākehā) is an arts practitioner based in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Natasha’s art practice explores amongst other things, the boundaries of online intimacy and indirectly, our metaphysical relationship with digital spaces. Through a body of confessional text-based works that have developed over time, Natasha uses a range of surfaces to verbalise unspeakable emotions about longing and unappeasable lust. In revealing the cross-current between outer and interior spaces, she tells a story of how colonial capitalism is embodied in intimate ways.
Natasha has recently been appointed the inaugural Pacific Curator-in-Residence for the Asia-Pacific Triennial 10 at QAGOMA in Brisbane. In 2018, Natasha was selected for the Goethe-Institut Feminism and Pop-Culture Networking Tour in Berlin and Indonesia. Natasha is also a writer who has contributed to Runway Australian Experimental Art (AU), Un Projects (AU), Art New Zealand and Matters Aotearoa. She also guest-edited Runway's Issue #38 Spectacle.
Self-isolating in your heart
Natasha Matila-Smith, 2020
i. Transmission audio by Melanie Kung
ii. Self-isolating in your heart audio by Dominique Nicolau, nico
Three-part video series, total 13min 35sec
Self-isolating in your heart is a three-part series of living portraits which ponder loneliness, longing, and desire. The ambiguity of the figure and its desires make clear that objects of longing are constructs much like any other under capitalism. The anxiety of being lonely in public and private spaces is read anew in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic, as intimacies are reconfigured physically and digitally.
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