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17 September–22 November

Monash University Museum of Art, Clayton

Artists: Laurence Aberhart, Lauren Berkowitz, Chris Bond, Angela Brennan, Paul Buwang Buwang, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Joyce Campbell, Mikala Dwyer, Michael Corridore, Peter Dombrovskis, Brodie Ellis, Anna Ephraim, Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi, Andrew Hazewinkel, Susan Jacobs, Ash Keating, Nick Mangan, Dhuwarrwarr Marika, Mandy Martin, Vera Möller, James Morrison, Anne Noble, Henry Nupurra, Raquel Ormella, Fiona Pardington, Luke Pither, Adam Pyett, Stuart Ringholt, Ewen Ross, Sandra Selig, Andrew Sinclair, Eileen Yaritja Stevens, Lisa Stewart, Ricky Swallow, Christian Thompson, Michelle Ussher, Rohan Wealleans, Roy Wiggan, John Wolseley

Curators: Geraldine Barlow, Kyla McFarlane

Texts: Geraldine Barlow, Mark Boulet, Tim Cavagnaro, Shaun Cunningham, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Max Delany, David Griggs, Wayne Gumley, Doug Holmes, Kyla McFarlane, Ralph MacNally, Patrick Moriarty, Shane Murray, Giselle Perdomo, Kate Rigby, Geoff Rose, Janet Stanley, Paul Sunnucks

What is this project that we are now undertaking, as we globally seek a new balance with the ecological systems that sustain us? Will endgame, apocalyptic visions drive change, or can our wonder in the natural world inspire the creation of a brighter future? Artists have long drawn inspiration from nature, as well as being advocates for a sustainable relationship between humanity and the environment. Now that a need for change has become broadly accepted, what role for art? Even with this accepted impetus to action, the particular paths we might take are unclear. It is an exciting and unsettling time as we sit between the darkest and most hopeful of futures. We must grapple with a myriad of abstract and interconnected systems, economic, environmental, social and philosophical. At this moment in time, art offers a lens through which we can examine the world as well as a kind of metaphorical thinking that can sharpen our perception of the relation between these complex parts and their impact on a dynamic whole. The Ecologies Project includes work by 40 artists exploring issues of sustainability, climate change and the idea of ecology as both form and metaphor.

Public Programs:

  • Re-Opening Curators' Talk, Geraldine Barlow and Dr Kyla McFarlane - Saturday 20 September
  • Opening Function - Saturday 20 September

Exhibition resources:

Media kit.

Exhibition Catalogue:

The Ecologies Project. Purchase via MUMA Shop.

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