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artist statement

Folklore is a technology that harnesses symbolic language to encrypt and disseminate psychosocial knowledge. From here spawns the idea that fictional stories contain, preserve, and communicate non-fictional histories. Weaponising folklore, Iona Mackenzie’s practice dons a selection of stories and symbols to disguise subversive discussions. Through this process, Iona urges the contemporary revival of folklore as a way to explore and articulate the relationships between historical and present-day experiences.

In 2022, Iona had the pleasure of contributing to Ort der Kraft; an off-site exhibition in an Austrian cave, curated by Anna Bochkova. Curated by Torre Alain, Gözde Filinta, and Marian Luft, she also presented work at Keiv Space in Athens, Greece for the exhibition titled Dirty Laundry. Iona has additionally shown work in Sydney, for Salon of the Rose + Cross, courtesy of Ritual Transmission Agency. Closer to home, she has enjoyed exhibiting and performing for CAVES, Seventh Gallery, KINGS, and Temperance Hall. In 2023, Iona is excited to present a solo exhibition at Assembly Point in April, and in May, undergo a residency with Hayley Does at Bundanon in New South Wales.

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I am living and working on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. I acknowledge and pay respect to their Elders - past, present & emerging.

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