Photographic tableau highlights historical injustices

Nature Morte (Agriculture) and Nature Morte (Blackbird), from Australian photographic artist Michael Cook’s ‘Natures Mortes’ series, draw on visual strategies affiliated with the still‑life genre — particularly the memento mori, a visual reminder of the inevitability of death — to highlight the devastating impact of colonisation from an Indigenous point of view. Michael Cook ‘Nature…

2023 program announced

After this summer’s immersive exhibition ‘Air’ (26 November 2022 – 23 April 2023) takes audiences on a journey through the invisible and vital life-giving element, we look forward to presenting our suite of 2023 exhibitions. We’re excited to announce that our 2023 program will include the exclusive blockbuster exhibition ‘Fairy Tales’ (2 December 2023 –…

Swinging branches & rocks build up a visible residue

For Tracing inscriptions 2020/22, a purpose-built plotter printer is programmed by Robert Andrew to trace an undisclosed Yawuru text in Latin script, activating strings stretching over viewers’ heads that connect to the branches and rocks opposite. Without ink, the traced letters and words are left invisible and undisclosed to the viewer. The artist seeks to…

5 still life artworks and their film counterparts

Running alongside the exhibition ‘Still Life Now’ at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) until 19 February 2023, the ‘Still Lives’ film program from 9 October 2022 until 12 March 2023 screening at the Australian Cinémathèque in GOMA, presents a selection of films that speak to the core exhibition themes of life, death and transformation.…

Chiharu Shiota: In the Hand

The body is a recurring feature of Chiharu Shiota’s work, recently in the form of life-sized cast bronze limbs. View In the Hand 2019 (Illustrated), an impossibly fragile-looking bloom of needles cradled in the palms of a child’s hands during ‘The Soul Trembles’ at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane until 3 October 2022. Through…

Mannequins strike a pose

The desire to ‘climb the ladder’ of the social and economic order is humorously questioned by Justene Williams in The Vertigoats 2021. Lurid department-store shelving and vivid mannequins create the mood of a hyped-up retail environment. Williams distorts the mannequins’ limbs to draw attention to the ridiculousness of the ideal body propagated by the fashion…