The Echoes of Pain

One of the hi-lights of Biennale of Sydney on Cockatoo Island is Mike Parr video installations in one of the abandoned office building. It is a collection of 30 years of his artist career. He uses his body to explore pain and violence as a part of the human being. It is not pretty. It is a spook house that really hits you with reality. Once you enter inside, the stairs and hallway lead you to each room of presentation with brutal imageries and inescapable sound. And there is no way you can skip one. It is about our own nature of curiosity. You can still feel the irritation lingering in your soul when getting out.

Anyway, the building itself is like a time capsule. Traces of activities are left as it was. One who feels Mike Parr’s works are too much to handle can distract themselves and just enjoy the history.

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