Céline Condorelli and Material Politics
06 May 2017
The IMA is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Australia by Céline Condorelli, Corps à Corps.
Condorelli will treat the IMA spaces, both indoor and outdoor, as case-studies in what an exhibition can be, creating diverse environments where everything from climate to furniture are integral features. Visitors will feel the wind on their faces, be invited to play with past and future playgrounds, and, through a new video installation, be transported into fifteen disparate contexts where Condorelli’s works have served as support structures.
A new garden is being developed for the IMA’s courtyard, and is a co-commission by the IMA and the 11th Gwangju Biennale, with the support of the Keir Foundation. Launching in July, the immersive work will provide shade and seating for visitors amongst native and naturalised plant species, and propose the garden as exhibition.
Alongside Corps à Corps is a group exhibition featuring artists who use everyday materials and approaches to explore issues of ecology, inequality, surveillance, and sovereignty: Material Politics.
The exhibition takes its point of departure from Recession Art and Other Strategies (1986), curated by artist and then IMA Director Peter Cripps. Material Politics reflects on a longstanding tendency in Australian contemporary art to work with an economy of means. It focuses on artists who use readily-available materials for more than economical reasons, to embed political perspectives. The exhibition, which runs until 15 July, is centred around a series of new commissions and recent works by Zach Blas and Jemima Wyman, Megan Cope, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Archie Moore, Raquel Ormella, Keg de Souza, and Tintin Wulia.
Please join us for a floor talk with Céline Condorelli from 5pm. Corps à Corps and Material Politics will be opened by Andrew McNamara, followed by the publication launch of Imaginary Accord. Join the celebration with A Love Supreme DJs on the decks, and Ben’s Burgers flipping burgers all evening!
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