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OPEN: every day 7.30am - 11.00pm - www.viaviajogja.com - 2012
Roll Up, Roll UpWednesday 19 July
07.00 - 10.00 pm
A photo exhibition and a performance on the opening night
Roll Up, Roll UpAcro Balance group Jogja
Circus is synonymous with breaking away from social conventions, pushing boundaries and flipping realities. This exhibition and group of women that created it play on these ideas; Within the ordinary, feats of daring reveal the extraordinary. Drawing from New and Social circus and radical performance that aims to break down traditional stereotypes, conceptions of gender and performance, and empower, this exhibition questions the body and stereotypical role of women.
'The presentation of human bodies in performance is a political act... When you frame a body on a stage, you're shining a light on how it looks, what it's doing and everything that means, and reflecting on personal identities and society.' (Byrne 2017)
With tongue in cheek, the exhibition plays with gender stereotypes, current and historical roles of women and body image 'norms' all under the fine vale of performance. It forces the audience to question their ingrained perceptions of others, their own selves and what is and is not real/realistic.
'Acrobatics is a radical way to feel free and strong in your own body.' (Rile 2011)
The process of making this work has been just as important as the photographic outcomes, aiming to empower and engage. The exhibition highlights skills and community that have been developed over 6+ months of training in acro-balance using a social circus approach. All the women featured in the exhibition are ordinary women, they have jobs, children, study, come from numerous different countries, cultures, ages, shapes and sizes, and have a multitude of identities. These photos highlight their extraordinariness. Underlying the pictures are stories of community, safe space, breaking down of body (mis)perceptions, freedom and celebrating bodies and what they can do. Discovering and embracing inner extraordinariness that is often hiding under the surface.
The exhibition aims to encourage others to embrace their inner extraordinariness and to rethink how they perceive and judge their own and other bodies around them.