A diverse group of international artists explore fandom and pop culture through the lens of fan-art, appropriation, subversion and cross-cultural exchange.
FANDOMINIUM is an online project and exhibition curated by Indonesian artist Lala Nurlala, in collaboration with British curator Matt Burrows.
Pop culture is pervasive in our lives and, whether it’s through traditional or new media channels, even the most diverse cultures can easily interact with each other, sharing and exchanging cultural influences from across the globe.
As fans with particular interests connect together into distinct fandoms and decide to make their own creations based on the pop culture that they consume, new narratives emerge based on the many facets of their backgrounds, making a back-and-forth conversation with pop culture.
The diverse group of international artists in this exhibition explores this in a variety of ways. They may reflect on their own pop-cultural touch-stones, fandoms, and influences, or those of others, or else appropriate and subvert icons of pop culture to reflect on their own lives and the world around them.
Whether utilizing cartoons, anime, pop music or gaming, or touching on the larger-than-life worlds of female wrestling, bodybuilding & superheroes, they each bring together their own influences, interests, and ideas with a globally popular cultural entity.
FANDOMINIUM is the first culmination of Art et al. X Ketemu Curatorial Mentorships, an initiative funded by the British Council and the Australian Council for the Arts.