Artist: Rafaela Pandolfini
Title: When the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine
Size: Option 1. 55cm high x 110cm wide. Option 2. 80cm high x 160cm wide
Material: Textile (digital print on waratah fabric)
'When the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine' was originally installed as billboard on Eora land (Town Hall Station, Sydney on Platform 1) for Myths & Facts, a commission for West Space and PHOTO 2021.
Myths & Facts is an ongoing research project and in February 2021, the project took form as a processional series of ten images displayed on billboards along the Hume Highway in Eora, Wiradjuri, Taungurong and Woiworung countries, between New South Wales and Victoria.
Myths & Facts interrogates Australia’s failure to address environmental violence at a policy level. Evasive phrases pertaining to the government’s position on climate change have been transposed from the mouths of politicians onto “Chux” cleaning cloths. Stripped of context, these empty phrases signal our government’s disguise and deferral of the environmental emergencies we currently face. The familiar zigzag pattern of these ubiquitous household cloths is a recurring backdrop for Rafaela’s ongoing exploration of gendered and emotional labour.