Amrita Hepi, Aint no body billboard

First Nations artist Amrita Hepi, in partnership with Horsham Regional Art Gallery, presents a dynamic roadside encounter titled Aint no body, at 66 McPherson Street, Horsham, in western Victoria from 9 May to 31 July 2022.

Amrita Hepi, Aint no body, 2022, digital photograph, 300 x 600cm. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

The billboard comprises tiled images of the artist’s body in motion, responding to the “commercial idealisation of the black body” by appropriating the aesthetics of typical sport or dance advertisements, which sell “promises” of perfectionism and success as liberation – or, as Hepi puts it, ultimately a myth.

The multiform images narrow in on individual frames of movement so that what the audience sees are the moments in-between when the body is at the whim of air and gravity; “a potential moment of rest between a jump – or is it a fall?” says Hepi.

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