“How can someone who’s lived this good life…behave in such an abhorrent way?”
For Moral Stranger, artist and writer Charlotte Watson creates an installation that unfolds the complexities around crime. For this exhibition, game-hunting and its strict ethical codes are paired against commentary from a criminal case. Drawing from a theoretical term used for offenders, Moral Stranger pits individual morals against social ethics, exposing the grey area that surfaces when choices are made at the expense of another.
Moral Stranger is a temporal piece, drawing from both the public and personal. Surrounded by remarks made by lawyers and reporters, life-size deer formed from unfired clay crack as the story of a hunt unfolds. As they quietly decay, this exhibition portrays the fragmentation and disintegration that happens after truths are revealed.
Growing up in southern Aotearoa, Watson explores Pākeha cultural norms. In its attempt to answer the inevitable ‘why’ left behind after a crime, Moral Stranger points us toward the hierarchy of (in)justice. Ambiguous yet piercing, this exhibition leaves us to question who is heard, and who is spoken for.
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