Anne Noble’s cabinet of wonder is a living photograph

 

For The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9), New Zealand photographer Anne Noble has created a multi-part project at the heart of which is Conversatio: A cabinet of wonder 2018, a functioning beehive or ‘living photograph’. Bees can be observed entering the Gallery, before disappearing inside the cabinet and going about their normal activities; they are also visible when the cabinet is opened daily for 20 minutes at 11.45am, 12.45pm, 2.45pm and 3.45pm.

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Anne Noble introduces ‘Conversatio: A cabinet of wonder’

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The origins of ‘Conversatio: A cabinet of wonder’

Anne Noble discusses Conversatio: A cabinet of wonder with Professor Srini Srinivasan, Professorial Research Fellow, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland and Zara Stanhope, Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, QAGOMA.

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Museum: For a time when the bee no longer exists

Museum: For a time when the bee no longer exists comprises portraits of bees that recall dust-covered artefacts from another time, together with a 3-D printed insect, resembling the ghost from the portraits. In addition, the luscious Bruissement photograms from the ‘UMBRA’ series of 2015–17 are enlargements of images capturing the light around the wings of dead bees – bees that died from pesticide poisoning – as the artist held them in her hands.

Anne Noble, Aotearoa New Zealand b.1954 / Installation view of Museum: For a time when the bee no longer exists, GOMA 2018 / © Anne Noble / Courtesy: The artist and Two Rooms, Auckland
Anne Noble, Aotearoa New Zealand b. 1954 / Dead Bee Portrait #2 2015-16 / Pigment on paper / 115 x 91.5cm / Image courtesy: The artist and Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland / © Anne Noble
Anne Noble, Aotearoa New Zealand b. 1954 / Dead Bee Portrait #14 2015-16 / Pigment on paper / 115 x 91.5cm / Image courtesy: The artist and Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland / © Anne Noble

Noble’s works serve as a catalyst for discussion regarding our complex relationship with the bee. An insect revered historically in myth, religion and literature, as well as in present-day science and industrial research, her project stimulates awareness of this species whose essential global existence is threatened by pests, chemicals and disease.

Delve deeper into APT9 with Aisha Khalid

Aisha Khalid is one of a generation of artists from Pakistan who have transformed the tradition of miniature painting into an internationally celebrated form of contemporary art. In her textile works, she draws on a form of visual language rooted in Persian culture, with its emphasis on pattern, colour and geometry, as well as incorporating designs from traditional Charbagh gardens. These large-scale hanging tapestries, embedded with thousands of long, gold-plated pins, employ Khalid’s foundational skills and show the confident hand of a miniaturist, together with her sensitive understanding of pattern making and her love of textiles. 

Subscribe to QAGOMA YouTube / Aisha Khalid, Pakistan b.1972 / Water has never feared the fire 2018 / Fabric, gold plated and steel pins / Triptych: 492.75 x 167.65; 492.75 x 83.8cm; 492.75 x 83.8cm /Commissioned for APT9. The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2018 with funds from The Myer Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation to commemorate the 25th anniversary of The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © The artist / Image courtesy: The artist

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APT9 has been assisted by our Founding Supporter Queensland Government and Principal Partner the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Anne Noble has been supported by Creative New Zealand.

Feature image: Anne Noble’sConversatio: A cabinet of wonder 2018, installed at APT9, GOMA / Photographs, wooden cabinet, metal, glass, sound, scent, patterned perspex, colony of bees / 190 x 70 x 170cm / © Anne Noble / Courtesy: Anne Noble and Two Rooms, Auckland: Bartley + Company Art, Wellington and Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch / Supported by: Bee One Third, JackStone, Brisbane and Creative New Zealand.

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