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Life inside an Image

1 October – 10 December 2016

Matthew Buckingham, Gerard Byrne, Melvin Moti, Fiona Pardington, Elizabeth Price, Amie Siegel and Judy Watson

Charlotte Day, Hannah Mathews and Helen Hughes

Related Exhibition:
Gerard Byrne: A Late Evening in the Future
8 October – 25 November 2016

Traditionally, museums function to preserve, frame and index the world. Like cameras, they attempt to arrest beings, objects and environments into conditions of  stasis. In so doing, museums also translate objects (whether artworks, ancient tools, mineral samples or taxidermy animals) into documents - official texts that evidence natural and cultural histories. They bear witness.

Life inside an Image considers the museum as an image-capturing technology, bound by its history and architecture but also subject to shifting cultural frameworks. Orbiting around Irish artist Gerard Byrne's newly commissioned work Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjneli (Film inside an Image) 2015-16, this exhibition presents a selection of recent moving-image works by contemporary Australian and international artists who have worked with collections to disrupt old, and unearth new, narratives.

Image: Gerard Byrne, Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli (Film inside an Image) 2015-16, Life inside an image, installation view: Monash University Museum of Art. Photo: Christian Capurro

Related Programs
MADA Art Forum: Gerard Byrne

Thursday 22 September, 1–2pm
Screening: DDR/DDR by Amie Siegel

Monday 26 September, 6pm
Sound Spaces: Rob Thorne

Saturday 8 October, 2pm
Judy Watson and Kimberley Moulton in Conversation

Tuesday 22 November, 11am–12noon

Installation Views


Presented by Monash University Museum of Art in association with the Melbourne Festival.

Gerard Byrne's Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjneli (Film inside an Image) 2015-16 is co-commissioned by Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; the Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, the University of Warwick, Coventry; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

This project has received support from the Monash-Warwick Alliance.