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21 July 2010 to 19 September 2010
Special Exhibitions Gallery
and Wilbow Gallery
Missed the panel discussion? Listen online to Helen Ennis, Anne Ferran, Rod McNicol and Stephen Zagala as they discuss 'Photography and the return of the dead'.
Art has an uncanny ability to re-animate the dead or forgotten and make it relevant to our lived experience. Throughout the history of both Western and non-Western traditions, artists summon ghosts of the past and give them a physical presence through the palpable artistic sensations of colour, form and texture.
Living deadly includes work by Brook Andrew, Anne Ferran, John Gollings, Ruark Lewis, John Mawurndjul, Rod McNicol, eX de Medici, James Morrison and Robyn Stacey.
This exhibition has been specifically inspired by the way contemporary Indigenous artists from Arnhem Land talk about their use of finely painted cross-hatching or rarrk. The optical effects produced by these highly patterned surfaces are said to make the viewer feel the presence of the ancestors. Extending this notion across a range of contemporary art practices, Living deadly explores ways in which optical effects are used to make the viewer physically aware of things beyond their physical reality.