**Please Note: exhibition extended until Friday 6 November
Barnabas Arts House are pleased to announce that throughout October (2nd-30th)** an exhibition of work by Marion Cheung will be exhibited in the upper galleries.
About the exhibition ‘Lost Connections’
Large scale paintings open a narrative that connect children who are submerged in their own digital worlds, oblivious to their surroundings and each other, to apocalyptic scenarios inspired by the largest e-waste dump in the world – in Ghana. The darker side to the digital revolution leaves us to question our attitudes towards electronic gadgets and the pressure to be connected at any given moment.
Soundscapes were created for the exhibition by Steven George Jones.
I started painting portraits of my family, particularly when they were using mobile technology. It was the cold blue light reflected onto their faces; their expressions of concentration and a sort of melancholy that attracted me at first. My children are in the paintings, yet it’s not about them at all – there’s a bigger story behind it.
I was intrigued with the idea of being connected to the world and the information available online whilst at the same time we are disconnected to each other, including our surroundings as we stare fixatedly at a screen. Seeing photographs by Kevin McElvaney and Andrew McConnell that featured the largest electronic waste dump in the world – Agbogbloshie, Ghana – compelled me to produce this series.
Seeing the damage being done to the environment and to the children scavenging through our digital detritus made me want to link the stories together. We are all increasingly reliant on digital gadgets and it’s all too easy to upgrade to the latest shiny new model without giving much thought about it. What happens when they break after a couple of years or so and it’s cheaper to buy a new one rather than get the ‘old’ one fixed? Why do we continue to buy products without questioning their lifespan and how they get recycled? As an individual, I feel there’s not much that I can do about it, but collectively we can change our attitudes towards consumption and towards the companies that continue to plan obsolescence into their products.
Marion Cheung, Visual Artist