Mandy Ridley: Chinatown Souvenirs (On Not Knowing)

2 – 26 August 2000

Mandy Ridley is an artist based in Queensland, whose exhibition Chinatown Souvenirs (On Not Knowing) delicately replicates original handcrafted objects and garments found in the Chinatowns of Brisbane and Sydney. Utilising decorative and found tourist objects, Ridley, as a non-Asian woman, recreates these objects at a greater scale and with greater intensity of colours. These richly crafted objects attempt to understand the complex layers of our multicultural society through an exploration of appropriation and cultural authenticity.