7 unique fists cast in wax are installed in the Avago window gallery. The thumbs of the clenched fists are tucked in, emulating the Palmar Grasp Reflex observed
7 unique fists cast in wax are installed in the Avago window gallery. The thumbs of the clenched fists are tucked in, emulating the Palmar Grasp Reflex observed in newborn babies — a pose which is speculated to prevent damage to the amniotic sac while in utero. These clenched fists imply a minimisation of risk to the individual — the ability to exercise democratic rights without sacrificing individual comfort.
“I made Safe from Harm in October 2018 as a critique of clicktivism — the tendency to click on an online petition out of convenience and consider one’s job done. I saw each portable raised fist, thumbs tucked pensively in, as a tongue-in-cheek tool for discerning absent activists to show their presence at protests when otherwise engaged. It seemed funny at the time.
As of March 2020 what was laughter has turned to tears. Covid-19 has changed every aspect of our lives. We are separated, housebound, our civil liberties necessarily curtailed for the greater good, for how long we do not know. We are suddenly acutely aware of our hands, and the hands of others. Using our hands to click our approval or dissent is now the only way for us to exercise our democratic rights. It’s important that we do. Stay safe, yes, but also stand strong.”
— Angela Anderson, 2020
Safe from Harm is on display in MAC’s Avago window gallery until further notice. You can see the installation from outside the Centre on Albert Road. We suggest viewing it from your car window as you pass by on your way to get groceries or to visit other essential services.
Image: Angela Anderson, Safe from Harm (detail), metal, wood, wax, paint.
(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Moonah Arts Centre - Avago
23-27 Albert Road