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Stanislava Pinchuk: The Red Carpet

Acclaimed artist Miso has given the Sydney Opera House steps a digital makeover in this new work for All About Women festival.
By Libby Curran
March 06, 2020
By Libby Curran
March 06, 2020

Our own Sydney Opera House has been given a makeover in a thought-provoking new work by Ukranian Australian artist Stanislava Pinchuk, aka Miso. Specially commissioned for the venue's upcoming All About Women festival (March 7 and 8), The Red Carpet stars a large-scale photography piece showing the Opera House's famed Monumental Steps digitally overlaid with an intricately detailed Ukrainian Bessarabian rug. In hues of red and gold, the 'rug' contains a data map of Kiev's post-revolution Maidan square's ruined topography.

Part architectural intervention, part performance work, the piece pays homage to the many women of past who would document their personal experiences of conflict through textiles. It also references the two cities Pinchuk embraces as home.

It was no mean feat to create, either, the final piece the result of two whole years of set-building, mapping, camera work and post-production. The Maidan's topography was data-mapped right down to the very millimetre, before being woven together into its rug design. The impressive artwork was co-produced and co-curated by Grace Partridge, founder of Antidote Projects.

The Red Carpet photography work will be on show in the Sydney Opera House Lounge — alongside paintings, architectural drawing studies and screen prints — for All About Women, from Saturday, March 7, to Sunday, March 8. Pinchuk will also lead accompanying talk The Thread of War in the Utzon Room at 6pm, March 8. Grab your $33 ticket here.

Image: 'The Red Carpet' by Stanislava Pinchuk

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