Gerard Byrne in Life inside an Image

Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA)

1 October – 10 December 2016

Opening: Saturday 8 October, 3-5pm


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


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.


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

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