Alexa Malizon, Ningning from Diversitea Talks (still), 2020, digital video colour and sound,1.51min 

When:

Saturday 6 November – Thursday 16 December, Foyer Gallery

Details:

Tuggeranong Arts Centre is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by recent ANU SoAD graduate, and ANU EASS Exhibition Award recipient, Alexa Malizon. Alexa Malizon’s art practice engages with her personal history and experiences to map the ‘difference’ or ‘otherness’ using a range of photographic processes that helps to explore her own identity through the studio making process.  Exhibition continues until 13 November 2021.

Exhibition Statement:

Diversitea Talks is a series of video propositions that explore the intersections between lived cultural experience and popular Australian and Filipino cultures. Alexa Malizon has used humour and the language of the social media video post as visual strategies to survey nuances in identity, miscommunication, cultural shame and the representation of the sexualised ethnographic body.

Born in Australia to Filipino immigrants, Malizon’s identity has been conflicted from the upbringings that she has to conform from two different worlds. To an Australian audience, she identifies herself as an ethnic ‘other’ where her body is starkly different from the white figures depicted and dominated on television shows like Love Island. Yet, to a Filipino audience, she mumbles through mispronounced Tagalog and stumbles through the motions of viral dance moves. It made her question where she belongs, what her morals and values are, and her authenticity of being Filipina or Australian – or even both. She also questions how and why Asians, particularly Filipinos, are underrepresented or have negative connotations due to stereotypes portrayed in Australian mainstream media and the influence it has to the public.

This exhibition explores this intersectionality between both cultures by combining popular culture and personal experiences in Malizon’s everyday life to focus on larger conflicts that speaks from broader perspectives. She challenges the stereotypes that are portrayed in mainstream media and discusses the complications of living within a diaspora, revealing the ideas and expectations of being an ‘Australian’ and/or a ‘Filipina’. It was important for her works to convey a message that will bring attention to the audience through the exaggeration of the stereotypes that society has placed upon the minority. This also brings the possibilities of expressing universal themes such as racism and representation that can be relatable to a collective audience.

Artist Biography:

Alexa Malizon is a Canberra-based artist who brings insight to the lived cultural experience of existing within a diaspora. Her practice encompasses a range of photographic media and focuses on using personal experiences to re-connect with her cultural roots and engage questions of identity and cultural difference.

Malizon completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at the Australian National University School of Art and Design in 2020, where she was the recipient of the ANU School of Art & Design Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS): Tuggeranong Arts Centre Exhibition Award culminating in her first solo institutional exhibition in 2021. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally such as PhotoAccess (ACT) and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (WA). In 2021, she was announced as a finalist for the churchie emerging art prize which will take place at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane (QLD).

About the Artist:

Alexa Malizon is an artist and photographer based in Canberra. Her practice encompasses a range of photographic media and focuses on using personal experiences to re-connect with her cultural roots and engage questions of identity and cultural difference. 

Malizon completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at the Australian National University School of Art and Design in 2020. She exhibited her work in the ANU School of Art and Design Graduating Exhibition in 2019 and 2020, and VIEW2020 in PhotoAccess in the beginning of 2020. In 2020, she was the recipient of the ANU School of Art & Design Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS): Tuggeranong Arts Centre Exhibition Award culminating in her first solo institutional exhibition in 2021.