Filter My Prejudice
Sapna Chandu & Michael Warnock (VIC)
Reminiscent of an anti-discrimination campaign, Sapna Chandu and Michael Warnock have rolled out interactive posters online and across Melbourne featuring vivid photographic scenes inspired by Bollywood melodrama. A sound work accompanies each poster and acts as a sonic portal for the audience to enter into.
This work highlights ways that cultural stereotyping and parenting practices inform our unconscious biases. Drawing on the vernaculars of meme culture, Filter My Prejudice calls attention to the ways in which we all contribute to the culture of discrimination, and offers audiences a chance to filter their prejudice.
This work contains some mature themes.
Mature themes: themes relating to abuse of power and privilege, themes of racism and references to racism and references to oppression.
Mature themes: themes relating to emotional manipulation and abuse.
Filter My Prejudice is supported by the Victorian Government through the Multicultural Festivals & Events Program.
Sapna Chandu and Michael Warnock, Lead Artists
Dan Goronszy, Producer
Scott Heinrich, Designer
Vinod Vijayan, Cultural Consultant
Clement Paliguru & Priya Srinivasan, Cultural Advisors
Special thanks to the artists’ friends and families for their contribution and support, Nikki Lam our amazing AP and the wonderful Next Wave team!
Sapna Chandu blends photography, video, sound, and performance to cross-cultural narratives that unfold through immersive and participatory experiences. Influenced by her Australian Indian up bringing as a person of colour the 1970s her work responds to broader themes of colonisation, globalisation and intersectional feminismin ways that playfully challenges established power structures, cultural norms, and notions of authenticity. Her current practice aims to engage existing audiences in unexpected ways and create new audiences in the public artspace. She has exhibited nationally and internationally over 10 years, includingCo-curator of Immerse Festival (City of Knox), Kwality Chai Live Art/Public Art project (2014-2017), Artistic Director Manifestations of Now Federation Square, 2012.
Michael Warnock’s practice extends across photography, installation, advertising and creative writing to intersect in solo and collaborative projects.His work explores ideas of identity, consumerism and migration and at times references his own Greek Cypriot background.He often borrows the language of advertising to create works that don’t quite fit within a typical advertising context.His current collaborative works mix the aesthetics of campaign photography with narrative writing, in a public and urban context, to reflect on the ways cultural ideologies are propagated and plagiarise dinter-generationally. At present Michael is completing a Master of Fine Arts at Monash and works as a campaign photographer for Milligram and Telegram Co.Some highlights include exhibitions in the Testing Grounds (Fringe Festival 2017), MGA (Bowness 2016), and NGV Studio (Manifestations of Now 2012) and commercial works published in magazines like The New York Times, Vogue Living and Monument Magazine.