Australia Exotoca is a photographic exhibition that engages with the theme of the exotic antipodes. Ever since the fifteenth century, when European cartographers began including the contour of Terra Australis Incognita (‘The unknown land of the South’) in their speculative maps of the globe, the continent of Australia has been thought of as an exotic place. This characterisation of Australia as a land down under, where things are out of the ordinary and colourfully unconventional, remains a key feature of our national identity.… Continued
In conjunction with the Melbourne General Cemetery, Centre for Contemporary Photography has asked Polixeni Papapetrou, John Gollings and Jane Burton to respond to this iconic Melbourne site
Works from Lost Psyche (2014) will be shown in Arcadia at Glen Eira City Council Gallery. Curated by Diane Soumilas, the exhibition explores the realms of history, cultural identity, migration, storytelling and the natural world, immersing the viewer in constructed, staged landscapes and exotic utopian environments. The artists concerns with memory, scientific exploration, place, cultural, colonial and natural history are investigated, traversing fictional dream worlds and local environments.… Continued
Concentrating on one of Melbourne’s finest architectural monuments, The Hotel Windsor, Papapetrou delves into the archive to discover how the grand Victorian edifice looked around the time of Federation, how it formed a backdrop for public ritual and witnessed the growth of Melbourne into the age of the electrical tramway. Joining forces with Stewart Russell from Spacecraft Studio, Papapetrou has transformed the photographic record, recreating the images in silver and gold, on linen and glass. … Continued
Curated by Claire Watson for Hatch Contemporary Art Space, City of Banyule, Seventh Skin presented a collection of artworks which grappled with the universal concepts of identity, gender and cultural heritage. Through costume, theatre, decoration and embellishment, the artists presented striking imagery which explored the way we embellish the human and animal form to either disguise or reveal aspects of the human condition.… Continued
Combining the work of visual artists, sculptors, photographers, architects, publishers as well as industrial, fashion and jewellery designers, Melbourne Now, the National Gallery of Victoria’s major summer exhibition for 2013-14 aims to provide a snapshot of Melbourne’s renowned contemporary art scene.