We’ve all had that post-too-many-coronas karaoke moment. Now, photographer Luke Hardy has captured it to maximise anecdotal cringe with a series of photographs.

Shot at a karaoke lounge around closing time (i.e. the prime and peak of gaudy performance), one can expect “A trippy mix of fake brands, banal lyrics and braced teeth.” Hardy hones in on karaoke’s literal translation, “empty orchestra”, exploring the balance between humanity’s real and imagined self with sardonic intonation. The images evoke universal concerns of longing and aspirations, and reverberate sans a microphone and faulty amp set.

The exhibition runs from August 7-17 at ArtHere Gallery126 Regent Street, Redfern.

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