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Beyond Sight – A tactile exhibition to open at Devonport

The guide shows the blind woman exhibits.
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Beyond Sight – a multi-sensory exhibition in which visitors can explore the artworks through touch, sound, smell, sight and imagination – will begin a month-long showing at the Devonport Regional Gallery on February 15.

Katrin Terton’s evocative, interactive and immersive experience contemplates inclusion of the broadest audience by making her works meaningfully accessible to people of all ages and abilities with particular regard to people with low or no vision.

The exhibition challenges the prevailing paradigm of inclusion by revealing that the experience of those with disabilities is both valid and rich, then including other members of the audience in that appreciation. This not only levels the playing field for participation, it also reminds the whole audience of the benefit of using all of their available senses to understand their world.

Katrin’s practice is conceptual, comprising sculptural works created principally from organic or salvaged materials and found objects.

She intends to instil thoughts and generate conversation about the built and natural environment. The exhibition is informed by Katrin’s ambition to create non-prescriptive works to encourage the audience to interpret each piece through the lens of their respective individual biographies and imaginations.

This exhibition incorporates three key elements: the multi-sensory artworks and installations which can be explored through various senses, an audio-visual presentation of interviews about the lived experience of blindness within a vision-centric culture and the opportunity for audience members to be creative themselves.

Exhibition Dates: 15 February – 15 March 2020


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