Patricia Piccinini: CARE

Museum MACAN presents 'Patricia Piccinini: CARE', a solo exhibition of a globally recognized Australian artist for the first time in Indonesia.


About the Artist

Patricia Piccinini (b. Sierra Leone, 1965) began her career by studying anatomy, ancient specimens, and pathology in medical museums, which later became the foundation for developing her artworks. Piccinini incorporates synthetic materials, such as silicone, fiberglass, and ABS plastic, with organic materials including hair and taxidermy animals to her sculptures, resulting in surreal, imaginary creatures.

Characterized by her hyper-realistic sculptures of natural and mechanical chimeras, Patricia Piccinini’s artistic practice examines new conceptions of corporeality, sexuality, and kinship. Her works reflect on the increasingly nebulous boundaries between the artificial and the natural; questioning our understanding of set relationships with the surrounding world and suggesting a future where humanity and other creatures might coexist not just in the same spaces but potentially in the same bodily form.

About the Curator

Tobias Berger has held pivotal roles within the contemporary art scene across the Asia–Pacific. His career began with a directorship at ARTSPACE NZ in Auckland, New Zealand (2003–2005), followed by his leadership as the executive director of Para Site Art Space in Hong Kong (2005–2008). Berger then served as the chief curator at the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, South Korea (2008–2010). Expanding his curatorial influence, he was appointed the first curator of visual arts at M+ Museum, Hong Kong (2010–2015), where he played a crucial role in shaping the museum's curatorial vision.

From 2015 to 2022, Berger led the Head of Art position at Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts in Hong Kong, where he initiated and developed the contemporary visual arts program. His tenure there was notable for facilitating collaborative exhibitions with global institutions and curating thematic presentations for artists such as Cao Fei, Takashi Murakami, and Pipilotti Rist, showcasing his capability to nurture art conversations that span cultures and continents.

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