'Panic Buy' was released as an online platform in September 2020, supported by Sawtooth ARI. A gallery iteration of this work also exhibited at the Girl's School gallery in Perth, WA, in October 2020.
Solid ground cracked, and everything permanent and inevitable fell away. Panic buying is a local expression of this age of global contingency. On bare supermarket aisles the tensions between the individual, the communal, and the corporate play out in a crisis of excess and necessity. Who prepares our communities for universal calamity? This project reflects on so-called panic buying and the global consumer systems that govern our lives.
Access the Panic Buy website here.
This is a first-time collaboration between NSW artist Tiyan Baker and WA artist Guy Louden. Panic Buy is supported by the Copyright Agency's Emergency Action Fund, Sawtooth ARI, and WA Government's DLGSC.