Art in an ‘infodemic’ age

27 May 2020
Matthew Griffin ‘Fingers crossed
Matthew Griffin ‘Fingers crossed’ 2020, digital video 1350 x 1080, 38 secs. Commissioned by UQ Art Museum in response to COVID-19.

Every Friday during May and June, we’re sharing on Instagram new Matthew Griffin digital collages, commissioned by UQ Art Museum in response to COVID-19.

The artwork is part of Conflict in My Outlook: We Met Online, a major exhibition of Australian and international artists presented on a dedicated web-platform launching in August 2020.

We asked exhibition curator Anna Briers for her thoughts on Griffin’s work:

Matthew Griffin’s carefully constructed satirical vignettes reflect the absurd chaos of the global political landscape and the information overload of our hyper-connected age. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the production and circulation of misinformation – an ‘infodemic’ – has life and death consequences like never before.

Griffin samples from the detritus of the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle machine, embroidering the truth while messing with representations of reality. His work highlights the untrustworthy nature of online content in the context of fake news and post-trust politics.

— Anna Briers, Curator  

About Matthew Griffin

Born Bendigo, Victoria, 1976. Lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Recent solo exhibitions include contemporaryary, Fine Arts, Sydney (2018); DDesign, Neon Parc, Melbourne (2017). Notable group exhibitions include The Theatre is Lying, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2018-2019); The Humours, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2016); On Top of the World: Flags for Melbourne, Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); NEW09, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2009); Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London (2008); and Primavera 06, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2006). His work is held by SAM (Shepparton Art Museum), Victoria; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Follow @uqartmuseum on Instagram to catch the upcoming artwork releases every Friday during May and June 2020.