Forest of Voices by Olga Cironis

03 November 2020 - 10 January 2021

Through her much-anticipated solo exhibition, leading West Australian artist Olga Cironis extends an invitation to the public to anonymously share their own stories about intimacy, touch and connection. Gathered by the artist as audio recordings and presented as a sound installation, Forest of Voices gives form to a collective archive of voices.

Forest of Voices is about listening to the ‘other’ as fragments of private intimate conversations that play all at the same time through small, suspended speakers. There will be whisperings of desires, love, pain, loss and fear. Together with recordings of the four elements, they create a delicate chorus of voices, a sound that from a distance is similar to the wind through branches.”

I hope to create a safe space for the public to add their experience to the work, adding a relevant contemporary narrative that reflects the present times.”  – Olga Cironis

The act of seeking and collecting mementos of human exchange have been present throughout the artist’s career. Spanning three decades, Cironis’ practice has examined the personal narratives of intimacy and connection that sit at the centre of the human condition. Her work recognises the possibilities contained in collective acts and asserts the importance of understanding how we live together.


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Under Phase 4 restrictions in Western Australia, each occupied space within PICA has a maximum capacity of 1 person per 2 square metres – please follow staff instructions and observe relevant signage throughout the venue confirming capacity limits. During your visit, you might be asked to queue, wait or come back later if necessary. We thank you in advance for your co-operation and patience, and for being COVID safe and aware alongside PICA.


    Olga Cironis is a multidisciplinary artist who explores the murky undertones and impact that history and memory have on personal and shared identity. She examines the notions of belonging in today’s cultural globalisation — in particular, appropriated histories and accepted attitudes on belonging in the Australian cultural and social landscape.

    Within her work are layers of research, collected stories, muted voices and cultural heritage. Cironis’ work is psychologically loaded with meaning, provoking and seducing the viewer, navigating them through history and inviting them to question our social and environmental connections. By engaging viewers to become part of her work, Cironis questions the meaning of public and private space, gender and social norms that permeate our accepted actions. Her artistic investigations are founded upon her Greek, Czech and Australian heritage. These aspects are used to engage people beyond the familiar.

    Olga Cironis is represented by Art Collective WA.


    First Floor Gallery


    Tuesday  3 November – Sunday 10 January

    Saturday 7 November
    Every Thursday to Saturday, from 19 November to 5 December.
    5pm – 8pm

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