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13 October - 17 December 2011

Artists: Micky Allan, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Bonita Ely, Sue Ford, Helen Grace, Lyndal Jones, Jenny Watson

Curator: Dr Kyla McFarlane


.A Different Temporality brings together feminist approaches to temporality in the visual arts, with a focus on late 1970s and early 1980s Australia.  Rather than an encyclopaedic summation of feminist practice at that time, selected works reflect prevalent debates and modes of practice; with a focus upon the dematerialisation of the art object, the role of film theory, and the adoption of diaristic and durational modes of practice, including performance, photography and film.

Spanning a decade within two decades, and marking a significant time for feminist art practice in Australia, A Different Temporality presents a materially and politically diverse selection of works by selected artists that engage with temporality as both metaphor and subject. Whilst their respective works may not openly exemplify an overriding logic, their durational emphasis brings together feminist approaches to history and experience, as well as conceptual investigations of cinematic time and montage, ephemerality and event, repetition and flow – forms and ideas which continue to resonate in the present.

Presenting the work of Micky Allan, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Bonita Ely, Sue Ford, Helen Grace, Lyndal Jones and Jenny Watson, ADifferent Temporality continues MUMA’s commitment to considering the recent history of contemporary art since the 1960s and is presented in association with the 2011 Melbourne Festival.

Dr Kyla McFarlane observes: ‘The diverse – sometimes oppositional – approaches to political and cultural debates by these women artists shows us something of the complex recent history of feminist art practice in Australia. But their shared interest in ‘time’ – seen in their adoption of mediums such as film, performance and photography, and in engagement with everyday experience and the cycle of life – places them at the forefront of innovative art practice.’

MUMA’s Director Max Delany suggests that the exhibition is ‘well over-due’. He continues: ‘Focussing on a critical, albeit under-represented, period in recent contemporary art practice, A Different Temporality invokes a radical history and dynamic body of work, of particular relevance to the social turn in current art practice, which we hope will stimulate new debates and further action and reflection’.


Public Programs:

  • Artists Bonita Ely & Micky Allan
  • Film, Post-material practise and Feminism


Exhibition Resources:

Media kit (pdf)

Exhibition Catalogue:

A Different Temporality: Aspects of Australian Feminist Art Practice 1975-1985. Purchase via MUMA Shop.


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