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MUMA Artists & Thinkers Talk: Nicholas Mangan & George Clark

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Tuesday 2 August 2016, 1-1.45pm

FREE event, all welcome
Location: Monash University Museum of Art
Ground floor, Building F, Monash University Caulfield campus


Join artist Nicholas Mangan for an informal conversation with artist, curator and writer George Clark in the exhibition space. The discussion will focus on Limits to Growth, the current survey exhibition of Mangan’s work at MUMA and specifically Mangan’s filmic works in relation  to  the ‘essay film’ as a mode of film practice.

Nicholas Mangan has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally. His recent major installation Other Currents was presented at Artspace, Sydney, 2015 and Ancient Lights at Chisenhale Gallery, London in 2015. Other selected solo exhibitions include: Some Kinds of Duration,  Centre  for  Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2012; Nauru - notes from a cretaceous world, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; and Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2009. Selected group exhibitions include: Riddle of the Burial Grounds,  Project  Arts  Centre, Dublin, 2015; Rocks, Stones and Dust, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, 2015; Art in the Age of..., Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2015; and Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013-14. He participated in the 2015 New Museum Triennial: Surround Audience, New York; 9th Bienal do Mercosul,  Porto Alegre, 2013; and the 13th Istanbul Biennial, 2013. Mangan has been awarded numerous international residencies, including Recollets Artist Residency, Paris, 2011 and the Australia Council's New York Green Street Residency, 2006. Nicholas Mangan is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne; Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland and LABOR, Mexico City.

George Clark is an artist, curator and writer. He is currently completing A Distant Echo, a feature length film shot on 35mm in various Californian deserts that explores themes of identity, culture and the construction of history in collaboration with musician Tom Challenger. Clark has previously collaborated with Luke Fowler and Beatrice Gibson on film projects. His curatorial work is focused on exploring and expanding histories of film and video practice globally. He was assistant curator of film at Tate Modern (2013-2015) where he curated numerous retrospectives and thematic seasons. He is a member of the advisory board for the BEFF / Bangkok Experimental Film Festival and one of the curators of BEFF 6 (2012). He curated the Lav Diaz focus at the AV Festival (2012); INFERMENTAL for Focal Point Gallery with Dan Kidner & James Richards (2010) and co-edited the book A Detour Around Infermental (2012). Currently he is working with Circuit Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand developing a new series of artists moving image commissions for 2016.


Image: Nicholas Mangan Limits to Growth, 2016 installation view (Bitcoin rig in the basement of Monash University Museum of Art). Co–commissioned by Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Courtesy the artist; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland and LABOR, Mexico City.

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