Shida’s work explores the interlinked relationship between ritual, sexuality and love. Psychedelic entities are entwined in ceremonial acts, transcending the boundaries of known reality. In a world where society’s issues are becoming increasingly gendered and people are seemingly more divided than ever due to the rise of identity politics, Shida seeks to turn this tide like an ancient shaman with each of these works being, in essence, an invocation, an energetic manifestation, a prayer to joy.
Art has historically served to either support and express the dominant values of the times or to challenge them. In the contemporary era, a new ideological paradigm has emerged, in which antiquated ideas contend with Postmodernism’s rejection of metanarratives and the resulting fallout. In his latest exhibition, ‘New Meaning’, Shida attempts to transcend this dichotomy by portraying a ‘new’ mythology that can be seen as an expression of a positive ‘new’ tradition.
The ‘New Meaning’ exhibition has been organised independently by the artist and will be held at Besser Space, 15-25 Keele Street, Collingwood, Melbourne.
Fri: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Sat: 12.00 – 5.00 pm
Sun: 12.00 – 4.00pm