Singe Use Exhibition by Miska Mandic

Kevina-Jo Smith and myself have an upcoming exhibition at 107 Projects in Redfern, Sydney. It's something I've been working on for quite a while now, so it'll be exciting to see it up finally.

Single Use puts focus on the lingering impression of the small actions of our collective routines: picking up groceries on the way home from work, putting a take-away coffee in the bin, washing pre-mixed salad in its bag from the store.

Over weeks and months Miška Mandić photographs and films familiar supermarket goods: strawberries in a plastic box, or potatoes in plastic and polystyrene. The resulting images record the disintegration of fruit and vegetables and the endurance of the single-use packaging left behind.

The surviving packaging is then washed and handed over to Kevina-Jo Smith who uses it to create mixed media works. These pieces function as interventions: altering the journey of our forgettable discards by transforming them into intricate, lasting artefacts.

The exhibition will feature a soundtrack by Sydney noise artist Luke Bacon.

Opening Wednesday 26th October | 6–8pm.
Exhibition continues until Sunday 6th November.
Gallery open Tuesday–Saturday 11am–6pm | Sunday 11am–4pm.



You have lived well, the alien said. by Miska Mandic

In 2015 my fairy godmother Samuel Icklow asked me to edit his short film Angel. Hopefully I'll get to link to something more comprehensive on this soon because it's an exciting project, but for now I'll say only that this meant spending two months in LA, and the opportunity of an American holiday at the end of the project was not to be missed!

So, in August Luke came to join me in LA and we treated ourselves to an amazing trip. We drove from LA along the 1 to Big Sur, and then all the way to the Bay area, where we stayed in Oakland - a 10 minute train ride to San Francisco. On the way back we drove through and stayed in Yosemite (and saw a bear, deer and a coyote!) and then the trip back, nestled between the Sierra Nevada and the wide open plains of Death Valley, was truly spectacular.


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Single Use Project by Miska Mandic

I'm currently creating a series of photographs and videos exploring single-use packaging culture.

So many of the things we buy every day come packaged in layers of plastic, paper, styrofoam; all to be instantly discarded once we get it home. What we don’t often consider is the effect this has on our environment. A plastic water bottle, or a plastic container for example, has already gone through an elaborate process before reaching the shop; oil is extracted from the ground, shipped to a refinery, turned into plastic, shaped and then trucked to the store. This process - as well as the process of recycling that ideally should follow - is energy, water and carbon dioxide intensive, and takes many months to complete. Not to mention that 80% of water bottles don’t get recycled at all, but rather end up in landfill; by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans.

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