09 September–16 December 202309 Sep–16 Dec 2023
Laresa Kosloff makes videos using stock footage she sourced on the internet. Originally designed for corporates, for training and promotional purposes, this footage was made to be malleable, with the potential to help tell different stories. Kosloff edits it to her own professional-voiceover narratives—fanciful accounts of corporate duplicity, neoliberal collapse, and climate crisis—imbuing it with new, unsettling meanings. She calls this ‘political ventriloquism’.
In La Perruque (2019), an errant office worker writes a novel while at work, imagining his co-workers to be characters in his fantastical narrative. In Radical Acts (2020), climate scientists clandestinely distribute a pathogen that renders corporate workers less productive and more susceptible to non-profit motivations. In New Futures™ (2021), a war is waged between industrious, hyper-charismatic ‘synthetic’ personalities tailored for commercial success and disgruntled hackers nostalgic for an apathetic past.
Kosloff’s fables explicitly tell tales of resistance, while implicitly questioning representation in the public realm.
Laresa Kosloff lives in Naarm/Melbourne, where she is represented by Sutton Gallery. Her work encompasses videos and films, sculptures and installations, and live performances. In 2019, she won the Guirguis New Art Prize for La Perruque. Her work featured in Melbourne Now, at the National Gallery of Victoria, earlier this year. Her work is represented in key public and private collections across Australasia, including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Chartwell Collection, Monash University, the Naomi Milgrom Collection, and the Michael Buxton Collection at the University of Melbourne.