Friday, 1 June 2018

New Histories

New Histories

13 April – 29 July 2018

Bendigo Art Gallery
In New Histories contemporary artists reimagine ten historic works from the 19th and early 20th century Australian and European collection of Bendigo Art Gallery. Informed by technological, social, environmental, political and historical events that have occurred since the original work’s creation, artists in the exhibition revisit interpretations of Australian and European histories through the lens of contemporary culture.
Working across mediums of performance, sound, film, painting and textiles, historic and contemporary artworks will be reframed in a series of installations throughout the contemporary and heritage courts of the Gallery. New Histories challenges the nature of art as historic record and the role of the artist and the museum as documenter, and commentator of the world.
Established in 1887, the Bendigo Art Gallery was founded by the predominately white German and British wealthy colonials. With a particular euro-centric investment, these men had a vision of 'art for the people'.The legacy of this early colonial agenda remains the core of the Bendigo Art Gallery's 18th and 19th century collection of cultural objects that reflect the interested and homelands of the new colonists and favours a 'Terra Nullius' narrative. (wall text)
Denis Chapman
Seecum Cheung, Maike Hemmers, Pilar Mata Dupont, Isabelle Sully, and Flora Woudstra
Gabrielle de Vietri
FAMILY FIRST! (Devon Ackermann & Paul Yore)
Juan Ford
Andrew Goodman
Bridie Lunney
Phuong Ngo
Jacques Soddell
Christian Thompson
CuratorJessica Bridgfoot

Thomas Sheard, The Arab Blacksmith, c1900
Juan Ford, Inappropriator, 2018

Carl Hoff, The Golden Wedding, 1883

FAMILY FIRST! (Deveon Ackermann & Paul Yore), The Birth of a Nation, 2018

Denis Chapman, I forgot to remember (The most organised violence in the world), 2018

Albert Chevallier Tayler, Gentlemen, 'the Queen', 1894

Emma Minnie Boyd, Afternoon Tea, 1888

Andrew Goodman, Untitled (afternoon tea 2188), 2018

Agnes Goodsir, Girl with Cigarette, c1925
Seem Cheung, Maike Hmmers, Pilar Mata Dupont, Isabelle Sully, Flora Woudstra,
Attending to Agnes, 2018, video projection

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