ARTIST STATEMENTMy work questions representations of reality and identity in lesser known belief systems and provide nature as an allegory to human experience. The contextual research is based on trans-disciplinary themes in the social and natural sciences and the impact of its application within my work. Reoccurring themes within my work include explorations of symbology, iconology and mythology.
Part of my practice includes artist-led expeditions to varied ecosystems or isolated communities, individually led or in partnership/residency with art and scientific institutions. The works I produce are conduits to better regard our nature.
I have often conveyed romanticist ideas in exploration and discovery, providing emotional resonance of each expedition and aiming to suggest to my audience that there is the identifiable presence of myself as the observer whose perception has an impact on the subject of my investigation. This conveys an emphasis for connectedness between things – living and non-living – from all walks of life, and an attempt to distance myself from the anthropological gaze.
I employ photography, writing, film and sound in relation to our relationship with technology. There is a correlation between the instantaneous world of electric informational media to the world in which our ancestors lived long ago, ‘in acoustic space: boundless, directionless, horizonless, in the dark of the mind’ where control over knowledge is no longer as institutionalized as before, and a sense that detachment or a framework is not possible.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHYKinez Riza’s work questions notions of reality and identity based on trans-disciplinary themes in the social sciences in relation to the natural world and lesser known belief systems in tribal societies, as well as the study of exploration and discovery. She composed a body of work over the course of 5 years prior to 2012, which is the year she started exhibiting her work as an artist.
Kinez’s fascination with notions of reality and identity became apparent throughout her formative years, she left Indonesia during its civil unrest in 1998 to Singapore, where she encountered an international upbringing and became aware of various cultures and belief systems different to the one she had known. The question of identity was an ever-present topic in her environment, along with the conflict different belief systems often brought. She participated in humanitarian efforts for disaster relief in Aceh after the Asian Tsunami, as well as conflict management conferences highlighting the issues in Sri Lanka and East Timor. It was here that she perceived every individual she met had a unique perception of reality.
Since then she has conducted many expeditions around the globe. Her work with tribal communities aims to best understand the core beliefs apparent in smaller communities detached from modern day civilization. This is to understand whether or not there are humanistic values or patterns of behavior, which appear consistent in all human beings. Her work often results in providing a conduit to better understand the factors contributing to determining human behavior.