BORDERS, BARRIERS, WALLS
30 APRIL - 2 JULY 2016
Curator: Francis E. Parker
Borders, barriers and walls delineate this group exhibition of Australian and international artists. It reflects on how these contested and complex forms shape the world, producing situations of separation, isolation or thwarted passage across the globe. Whether they be physical constructions, psychological constructs or natural defences, the exhibition considers the forces by which these divides are either upheld or breached. Borders, Barriers, Walls features more than thirty artworks covering video, painting, photography and sculpture. The exhibition includes a new commission by Melbourne artists Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan.
Artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Allora & Calzadilla, Karen Black, Gunter Christmann, Jin Chul Kyu, Guan Wei, Shilpa Gupta, Khaled Hourani, Raafat Ishak, Isaac Julien, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Kai Löffelbein, Ricky Maynard, Carlos Motta, Tony Schwensen, Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan, Danae Stratou, Judy Watson. For more information...
Image: Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, This Is Before We Disappear From View 2014. Courtesy of the artists.
NICHOLAS MANGAN: LIMITS TO GROWTH
20 JULY - 10 SEPTEMBER 2016
Opening celebration: Wednesday 20 July, 6pm
Co-produced by the Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Nicholas Mangan is a Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist known for interrogating narratives connected to a diverse range of objects. With a keen interest in dissecting processes of forming meaning from objects, culture and natural phenomena, Mangan creates videos, montages, sculptures and installations that disrupt established systems of knowledge. His work addresses a wide range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity's fraught relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy. For more information...
MUSEUM AS CAMERA
27 SEPTEMBER - 10 DECEMBER 2016
New commission in partnership with Mead Gallery, Warwick University and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Acclaimed Irish photographer, film maker and artist Gerard Byrne has been commissioned by MUMA, Mead Gallery, Warwick University and Moderna Museet, Stockholm to create a new video set in the Biologiska Museet in Stockholm, the first natural history museum to use a large-scale diorama. The Biologiska Museet enabled people to experience the fantasy of the Nordic wilderness within the confines of a city and at a time in the nineteenth century when photography and moving images were still in their infancy. Here the diorama is explored as an image both fixed in the time of its making and existing in the present. Curated around this new commission will be a group exhibition of national and international works that also riff off Byrne's interest in a confrontation between the photographic and that which it has supplanted. In doing so, the exhibition examines current developments towards a post-photographic reality.