Marianna Simnett & Sancintya Mohini Simpson
Double Exhibition Opening
22 February 2020
Join us for the opening of two new exhibitions at the IMA and celebrate the beginning of our 2020 exhibition program.
See London-based artist Marianna Simnett’s CREATURE, which brings together three of her most significant film and installation works for her first exhibition in Australia. Simnett has gained global attention for her visceral and theatrical works, which draw upon conventions of storytelling and folklore to explore the body as a site of transition.
Often featuring the artist performing alongside a cast of non-actors, Simnett’s work speaks to the relationships we develop with our bodies—shifting between control and violence, phobia, and dysmorphia—as they undergo intervention and transformation.
Hear from the artist in conversation with IMA Director Liz Nowell at 5pm.
At IMA Belltower at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts is Sancintya Mohini Simpson’s exhibition Kūlī nām dharāyā / they’ve given you the name ‘coolie’. The exhibition evokes the lived experiences of indentured labourers taken from India to Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) to work on sugar plantations during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Continuing to trace her familial history, Simpson creates a new archive that speaks to shared narratives of indentured labour.
The exhibitions will open with a Welcome to Country with Songwoman Maroochy at 4.15pm.