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Folk Costumes for Indo Pacific Air

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Central Pavilion
  • Admission with ticket

Guillermo Fernández-Abascal (Spanish, b.1986) and Urtzi Grau (Spanish, b.1976), GFA (Australia, est.2018) Fake Industries (Spain est.2006)


Folk Costumes for Indo-Pacific Air constructs the prehistory of the region’s current masked state. The installation replicates five atmospheric conditions of the end of 2019 and collects the architectures for the body they produced, providing visitors with a glimpse of the region’s highly politicized air. The resulting map of the Indo-Pacific is an installation of five enclosed, sealed environments, each an example of the air people breathe. They show how, before the global pandemic, masks and respirators defined the Indo-Pacific imaginary as the future folk costumes of a region in the making.


Alastair Swayn Foundation
University of Technology Sydney
Spanish Government – Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda
Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

Production credits

Production Team: Copy Nature Office (Ed Cook and Umi Graham), Ellie Skinner and Harrison Stockdale

Central Pavilion
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