Hands are tools and we rely on them every single day; to hold, touch, create and build. How much do you rely on them to communicate? A lot more than you think. We all use a variety of gestures every day. Auslan (AUstralian Sign LANguage) is an extension of this. Hearing people often misinterpret native sign language users hand shapes to mean something rude or socially unacceptable.
Born Deaf and a native Auslan user, Gonketa is a Melbourne-based visual artist who is obsessed with art and hands. He invites you to explore the origins and contemporary use of the hands as a communication device; from ancient Italian gestures to modern-day sign-languages which they have evolved to. But in today’s fast-paced and anti-social society, has digital communication replaced this? In many gesture-heavy cultures such as in Greece and Italy, these traditions and abilities are being lost on the younger generations.
Obscene Gestures explores the variety of physical communication in our lives. This exhibition hopes to bring awareness of everyone’s ability to communicate purely through simple gesturing without the associated social and political stigmas.
Warning: Contains mild coarse language