At Testing Grounds, Justin will be preparing an exhibition in Tromsø, Norway, and a seminar program at ERforS. The exhibition artwork draws from cryptographic inscriptions created for spiritual, physical, and metaphorical protection against the suspected magical properties of a Black Mirror – an optical device historically used in painting as a tool in pictorial image-making – held within the museum’s collections.
Justin Balmain’s research-led approach draws from visual art, video essay and documentary disciplines to create hybrid multimedia works. Since completing Masters at the University of New South Wales, Balmain’s practice continues to explore the strategies and function of objects at the interstice of virtual and actual space, and within the collective imagination.
Balmain is involved in a long-term research-driven residency with Enough Room for Space (ERforS), Brussels, and produced a project partnered with the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, Marseille, France.