BAMBOO PARADISE



Bamboo Paradise exhibited at Fremantle Arts Centre from November 2019 to January 2020 as part of 'Preppers', curated by Guy Louden, Dan McCabe and Loren Kronemyer.

An online iteration of this work was commissioned by WA touring company Art On The Move and can be found here.

In Bamboo Paradise, I investigate the recent explosion of "primitive lifestyle" YouTube content from South-East Asia. My three-channel video installation is based on one Cambodian channel, Survival Builder, that uses primitive construction techniques to make luxury structures in the jungle. Bamboo Paradise combines interviews with the YouTuber, their fans, and behind-the-scenes footage to uncover a sprawling content industry built around collective fantasies of village life and latent desires for collapse.

Artwork details:

three channel digital video, bamboo poles, sisal rope, some footage provided by Survival Builder

Bamboo Paradise, 2019, screenshot from website "preppers.gallery"

Bamboo Paradise, 2019, screenshot from website "preppers.gallery"

Bamboo Paradise, 2019, still from video

Bamboo Paradise, 2019, still from video

Bamboo Paradise, 2019, installation view, photography: Dan McCabe

Bamboo Paradise, 2019, installation view, photography: Dan McCabe

Bamboo Paradise, 2019, installation view, photography: Dan McCabe










I live and work on the lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora nation. This sovereign land was never ceded. The land I live on always was and always will be Aboriginal land.