Angela Tiatia, Narcissus

Angela Tiatia, Narcissus, 2019 (detail), single channel 2k high definition video, 13:11 mins. UTS Art Collection, purchased 2020.
Angela Tiatia, Narcissus, 2019 (detail), single channel 2k high definition video, 13:11 mins. UTS Art Collection, purchased 2020.

 

To mark the reopening of the UTS campus to visitors, we are presenting Angela Tiatia’s Narcissus (2019) on the UTS Broadway Screen.

Acquired for the UTS Art Collection in 2019 and shown on the Broadway Screen for the first time, this video work revisits the classical myth of Narcissus and its many representations throughout art history, implicating the echo chamber of the internet as a new frontier of narcissism.

The cast of 40 Narcissi occupy a single platform in various acts of self-worship, ritual, joy, love, lust, complacency, despair and disregard in a single moment of shared time. Here, vulnerabilities, frustrations, flaws and strengths are shown as a collective effect, where various acts and emotions highlight and amplify uncertain and challenging times ahead. - Angela Tiatia

Narcissus will screen daily on the UTS Broadway Screen from 15 December 2021, alongside digital works by Cigdem Aydemir, The Mulka Project, Daniel Crooks, Grant Stevens and Daniel Boyd. The UTS Broadway Screen is located at 61 Broadway (UTS Central, Level 4A) and is viewable from 8am – midnight every day.

About the artist 

Angela Tiatia is a Sydney-based artist who works across video, photography and performance. She was the recipient of a Sidney Myer Fellowship in 2019, the Creative New Zealand Contemporary Pacific Artist Award in 2018 and was awarded the final Ian Potter Moving Image Commission for 2022. Her work has been shown in major national and international exhibitions including After the Fall, National Museum of Singapore (2017); Countercurrents, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide (2017); Personal Structures, a collateral exhibition of the 57th Venice Biennial (2017); Under the Sun, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (2017); 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT 8), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane (2015/16); and Turangawaewae: Art and New Zealand, Toi Art, Gallery of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand (2018).

 

As part of our Collection Spotlight series, we’re reflecting on how classical themes of beauty, vanity, selfhood and perception have been explored by artists in the UTS Art Collection. Follow the links below to find out more.