We’ve turned Eastern Sydney Red & Black on many occasions previously and now the chants of Wanderers fans will dominate the streets of Redfern for more than six weeks.Khaled Sabsabi, who was born in Tripoli, Lebanon and migrated with his family to Australia in 1978 to settle in Western Sydney, has had his major work Organised Confusion featured in Carriageworks’ latest program, 24 Frames Per Second.
Organized Confusion contrasts two different expressions of ecstasy: the Western Sydney Wanderers fans on match day, and a performance by a spiritualist figure in a trance-like state.
Both demonstrations involve carefully orchestrated movement by people in heightened states of consciousness: one is secular, externalised and practised by the collective; the other is spiritual, internalised and practised by the individual. Sabsabi’s film identifies these correspondences, revealing common ways in which people behave physically and psychologically.
Khaled Sabsabi was born in Tripoli, Lebanon, and migrated with his family to Australia in 1978 to settle in Western Sydney. He completed a Masters in Time-Based Art at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW in 2005, and has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia and overseas. Sabsabi’s work utilises moving image, audio and sculptural installation to interrogate the complexities of multicultural Australia, explore cultural identity and alternative perspectives, and challenge passive media consumption.
Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia, engaging artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The program is artist led and emerges from Carriageworks’ commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity through ambition, risk taking and unrelenting support of artists.
An eight minute walk from Redfern Station, Carriageworks is open 10am - 6pm daily with 24 Frames Per Second on display from 18 June until 2 August.