This exhibition comprises photographs by Australian photographer Polixeni Papapetrou (1960–2018) of her daughter Olympia, covering the period from Olympia’s birth (1997) until the artist’s death (2018). Throughout this time, Olympia played a particularly important role in the artist’s image making, assuming the complex roles of model and muse, collaborator and champion.
Drawn from the University Art Collection, Chaos & Order is an ambitious survey of artwork collected by RMIT over the last century. A riot of painting, sculpture, photography, sound and new media, the exhibition will embrace the contradictions inherent in public art collections and will explore the uses to which they are put. Public collections can be paradoxical beasts. They strive to adhere to strict criteria (chronology, style or taxonomy; art history, theory and criticism) or be encyclopaedic in their holdings, but are as frequently defined by what they have failed to acquire.… Continued
Fairy Tales brings together international and Australian contemporary artists with key historical works. Tracing the genre of the fairy tale from the mid-19th century to now, this exhibition will explore the function of the fairy tale in society and how artists continue to use this genre to express social concerns and anxieties surrounding issues such as the abuse of power, injustice and exploitation.… Continued
The story of cancer is complex and extremely personal. It is a disease shrouded in fear and dread. There are many types of cancer and for generations doctors and researchers have been frantically searching for remedies. At the moment the so-called ‘blunt instruments’ of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy are still the main medical treatments, however new approaches and technologies are emerging.… Continued
Photography 130: Behind the Lens:130 years of RMIT Photography
Photography 130 offers an expanded view of the role and contribution of RMIT University to the photographic imaging of Melbourne and Australia, presenting a fresh perspective through the lens of the University’s photographic history, legacy and culture.
Featuring over 100 photographs created by RMIT staff and alumni between 1887 and 2017, the exhibition showcases work by photographers and artists whose images have reflected the changing social landscape of Melbourne in the service of art, politics, news, entertainment, commerce, science and discovery
‘Between Worlds’ will be included in the exhibition Imagined Worlds . Curated by Diane Soumilas the exhibtion will explore themes of storytelling, mythology, fairy tales, fantasy and childhood memories.
Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne, 26 May – 9 July 2017