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1-5 Wilkinson St
Brunswick 3056
Victoria, Australia

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TCB acknowledges the people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land, recognising their connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to their Elders; past, present and future.


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MELISSA NGUYEN
Ain't No Party Like An S Club Party
03 Aug 2023—20 Aug 2023


Opening:
Saturday 5th August, 4 - 6 PM


In Rainer Maria Rilke’s essay ‘Dolls’, he questions the consciousness of dolls: Are their eyes only open because they are forced to be? While they might appear 'awake', Rilke sees dolls as soulless, unchanging and corpselike; a nature comparable to young celebrities.
Adolescent celebrities are only ever portrayed to reflect the desires of global audiences as perceived by their management. As such, images around and about these groups and individuals are produced by external forces. As such, the manufactured image questions the authenticity of celebrities, constantly oscillating between sincerity and artifice. When do these facades become so insubstantial as to become soulless? Using the visual legacy of British Pop group S Club 7 as a reference, these paintings explore the fictitious nature of celebrity personas and the image-making habits that uphold them.

@melissa.nguyenn




Documentation by Alex Hobba.
Image courtesy of Melissa Nguyen.