- St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts 2005
deals with representations of class in painting and film.
Cinema offers a framework for a critique of class division
in society that that is widely felt to be irrelevant or non-existent
in cultural theory today, yet contemporary cinema continues
to explore and uphold class distinctions. Looking intently
at a handful of recent films, it is clear that the substance
of a good movie is the main character's inner conflict. They
might be ensnared in the vanity of upper-class boredom as
in Dangerous Liaisons, or hell-bent on home improvement
like the Kerrigan family in The Castle. Each of the
characters from the movies included in this exhibition is
embroiled in a circumstance of individual class struggle.
With a wing-backed chair and fleur-de-lys curtains, Dangerous
Liaisons recreates an aristocratic salon that is the
stage for the unfolding of a dramatic scene.