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27 Feb 2019 – 1 Mar 2019
6pm – 12am
27 Feb 2019 – 1 Mar 2019
6pm – 12am
Temporal Proximities features work by contemporary Australian artists that reflect on notions of agency, displacement and time. Highlighting process-based and interdisciplinary practices, the exhibition foregrounds artists working across video, performance, installation, sculpture and photography.
A combination of new, site-specific commissions and existing works have been installed in response to the unique architectural features of the building. Exploring concepts such as transformation, erasure, suspension and drift, the artworks enact spatial and temporal gestures that operate in dialogue with one another – as well as other places and times.
The exhibition unfolds dynamically across three evenings. Durational and intermittent performances are presented in dialogue with sculpture and moving-image installations. A schedule of trigger points, cycles and sequences follow the natural fall of light from 6pm to 9pm. Audiences are invited to enter at any time and explore the exhibition as they please.
Temporal Proximities is the first exhibition to span the Magdalen Laundry at Abbotsford Convent. The first stage of conservation and restoration works in these heritage-listed spaces is currently underway and due to be completed June 2019. The Magdalen Laundry Program provides a space for artists, audiences and communities to experience new practices, narratives and histories, while respecting the heritage and social history of the Laundries. We aim to nurture female (identifying) experience and honour their leadership within these spaces into the future.
The Convent was inscribed on the National Heritage List in August 2017, with the Magdalen Laundry and asylum buildings recognised as an important physical record for those Australians and their families known as the Forgotten Australians. The Convent’s place on the National Heritage List will help protect the site’s future for generations to come, while honouring and respecting those who were affected by its past. You can learn more by joining one of our guided social history tours or by taking a self-guided walk (available via web browser and visitor app), which includes an oral history recording from Trish, a former resident who also worked in the Magdalen Laundry.
Kelli Alred is the Artistic Director of Channels Festival: International Biennial of Video Art, an independent curator and researcher. She has developed and presented exhibitions, performances and public art at Melbourne International Festival, ACMI, Dark Mofo, Arts Centre Melbourne, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Site Gallery, The Netherlands Media Arts Institute and National Art Museum of China.
Helen Grogan develops works that critically engage with specific exhibition contexts. Works incorporate photography, video, sound, sculpture, and choreography. Her practice has been exhibited at Galerie Stadtpark in Krems (Austria), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Biennale of Sydney, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Rijksakademie in Amsterdam; Kontext Festival in Berlin, and Kulturhuse in Stockholm, among others.
Katie Lee works in sculpture, site-specific installation and performance, often collaborating with other artists and dancers to emphasise relationships between the performing body and structure. Her work has been exhibited at ACCA, Newcall Gallery in Auckland, Shepparton Art Museum, Anna Pappas Gallery, Sutton Gallery, Alaska Projects and Centre for Contemporary Photography, among others.
Bridie Lunney creates sculpture, installations and performances that reconfigure hierarchical relationships between the body, objects and architectural space. Her work has been exhibited as part of the 2018 TaraWarra Triennial at TaraWarra Musueum of Art, as part of Melbourne Now at NGV, at Art Space, Melbourne Art Fair, UNSW Galleries and Performance Space, among others.
Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano produce single-channel and multi-screen video installations and performances, which examine the interrelation of body, time and space. Their work has been exhibited at: NGV, 5th Moscow Biennale, 18th Biennale of Sydney, GOMA, Art Gallery of NSW and the MCA, among others. Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano are represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.
Angelica Mesiti works across video, performance and installation to explore how the body becomes a vessel for expression and communication. She will represent Australia at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. Her work has been shown at ACCA, MCA, Videobrasil, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Centre Pompidou and Tate Modern, among others. Angelica Mesiti is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.
S.J. Norman is a cross-disciplinary artist of Wiradjuri and European heritage, whose work traverses performance, installation, sculpture, video and text. Norman was invited to participate in the 2015 Kaldor Public Art Project, Marina Abramovic: In Residence. Norman’s work has been presented at Venice International Performance Week, Melbourne International Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Tate Modern, among others.
Jill Orr produces site-specific performances, video and photography. A veteran of Australian performance art, Orr has been a recipient of the prestigious Australia Council Fellowship. Her work has been presented at the Venice International Performance Art Week in Italy, MAP Festival in Malaysia, the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Belo Horizonte Biennale in Brazil and Mildura Palimpsest, among others.
Clare Rae performs and photographs gestures, which draw on feminist theory to interrogate dominant modes of representation. Her work has been exhibited at ACCA, NGV, ACMI, CCA Galleries in the UK, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne in Switzerland, Jarvis Dooney in Germany, Beam Contemporary, Sutton Project Space, Blindside and Seventh Gallery, among others.
Temporal Proximities is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, City of Yarra, the City of Melbourne arts grants and Creative Spaces program, and delivered in partnership with the Abbotsford Convent Foundation.