A work from Swoon’s well-known series dedicated to Ms. Bennett, an artist-aborigine, was exhibited at the festival. Ms. Bennett is of one of the last Australian Aboriginals to have experienced traditional nomadic culture. In this large 3×3 meter wheat paste portrait, Swoon portrays Ms. Bennett singing and telling stories that are a part of her own creativity. This work was part of an installation created by Swoon in 2011 and presented at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston.
Caledonia Curry, known as Swoon, is widely considered a leader in the genre of street art. She is best known for her intricately cut, life-sized portraits found on streets and abandoned buildings in cities around the world. Often found in beautiful states of decay, her wheat-pasted installations are populated by realistically rendered people going about everyday activities in a cityscape of her own invention. Swoon’s prints and paper cutouts take inspiration from the German Expressionists of the early twentieth century as well as Indonesian shadow puppetry.Her work belongs to the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum, and has appeared in exhibitions at ICA, Boston (2011), Deitch Projects (2008) and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2008), amongst others.