The latest work by Sydney photographer Meredith Schofield titled, ‘Compassion Fatigue’ will open Feb 6 at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown and runs until the Feb 17.
The work explores the concept of ‘compassion fatigue’ which is characterised by a gradual lessening of compassion over time. Compassion fatigue can exhibit in people as a lessened sympathetic reaction to a crisis, disaster, or the suffering of others, because of recurrent overexposure to similar incidents.
The work reveals how individuals react to disturbing imagery shown to them on a loop for a long period of time, how people react to common imagery seen in the media and uncommon imagery that is mostly hidden from the media cycle.
It records how their reactions change from the first loop to the last and explores what their coping mechanisms are, how and when they ‘switch off’, how different people react to the same content, and how a repetitive media cycle fatigues people.
The work is presented in such a way that the barrier of the capture medium between viewer and subject is broken. The viewer is seeing very intense, private and personal moments.
The exhibition is presented as a mix of video and still imagery.
The exhibition is supported by the National Association of the Visual Arts through the New South Wales Artists Grant Program and by Marrickville Council.
Exhibition opening night Wednesday the 6th of February 2013 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Exhibition open daily on Wednesday – Sunday 11:00am – 6:30pm until the 17th of February.