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Angela Tiatia: The golden hour

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Watch the installation of artist Angela Tiatia’s The golden hour 2020 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The figures in this monumental photo mural are characters in an epic drama. The stage on which their story unfolds is a fictive landscape; part hyperreal dreamscape, part secluded coast. They fight, they cry, they flee imperceptible threats.

The work’s title, The golden hour, refers to the transitory moment in which day slips into night. It is a time when the sky changes colour and the landscape begins to glow, just as it does in Tiatia’s work. Here, the golden hour is not just a timestamp, it is an allegory. We are, all of us, caught in the midst of transition and on the cusp of great change. The world feels as if it’s on a precipice, socially, environmentally and politically. But does this moment hold promise, or is it laced with fear?

On view until February 2021. Commissioned for Archie Plus, a celebration of portraiture and the power of community.

This project was realised with the generous support of Christopher Joyce and Barbara Wilby.