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Dopa-kinesia #3

Pezaloom Digital C-type print, 2015

In 2014/2015 Pezaloom was supported by Arts Access Victoria to undertake a complex and personal photographic development, Dopa-kinesia.

Pezaloom lives with early-onset Parkinson’s; since being diagnosed, his work in visual and sound art has been driven by a visceral reaction to his condition, challenging the many misconceptions and myths surrounding the disease. In fact, Pezaloom’s experience with Parkinson’s has helped him to develop an artistic language that is uniquely his own.

Dopa-kinesia – a title that relates to the way Parkinson’s prevents cells in the brain from producing dopamine, a substance that allows for smooth function of the body’s movement – explores Pezaloom’s condition in an incredibly powerful and moving series of large-scale photographs, showing the artist immersed in 160 kilograms of petroleum jelly in order to represent the heaviness, slowness and restriction of movement he experiences.

18 photographs from Dopa-kinesia were exhibited at No Vacancy Gallery in Federation Square in June 2015. Located in one of the most dynamic arts and cultural hubs in Melbourne, the exhibition offered fantastic exposure to a wide and diverse audience, particularly with the National Gallery of Victoria and Australian Centre for the Moving Image located nearby; more than 2000 visitors experienced the Dopa-kinesia exhibition.

Dopa-kinesia is a rare project, presenting Parkinson’s in such a visceral and evocative way; it is unique not only within a contemporary art context, but also within the wider discourse around living with disability.

The quality and strength of Pezaloom’s work contributes greatly not only to the creative case for inclusion, but for raising the profile of artists with disability as innovators and cultural leaders.

About Pezaloom

Pezaloom is an emerging visual and sound artist. In 2009 he was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease, which upturned his world and gave rise to a rare creative vision.

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Pezaloom at Skin Gallery Exhibition. Photo by Paul Dunn