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Exhibition 1 – 3 March 2019

An exhibition of moving image, installation and performance unfolding over three evenings from 6.00 – 9.00pm

Artists: Angelica Mesiti, Bridie Lunney, Clare Rae, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Helen Grogan, Jill Orr, Katie Lee and S.J. Norman.

Temporal Proximities featured work by contemporary Australian artists which reflect on notions of agency, displacement and time. The exhibition highlighted interdisciplinary and process-based practices by foregrounding artists who work across video, performance, sculpture, installation and photography.

A combination of new commissions, site-specific adaptations and existing works were installed in response to the unique architectural features of the venue. Exploring concepts such as transformation, erasure, suspension and drift, the artworks unfolded, looped and reconfigured throughout the course of the exhibition.

A number of works involved live performative elements that were intermittent or durational. Something was always happening, but not everything was happening all at once. A loose schedule of cycles, sequences and trigger points was enacted over a three-hour period each evening. Audiences were invited to arrive at any time and explore the exhibition as they please.

Temporal Proximities was the inaugural project of the Magdalen Laundries Program at Abbotsford Convent. Built in the 1880s, the Convent’s heritage-listed Magdalen Laundries are thought to be amongst the few surviving and relatively intact examples of their type anywhere in the world. This exhibition was an exclusive opportunity to experience the first project to span both North and South Laundries, following the first stage of conservation and restoration works.

Curated by Kelli Alred

Audio-visual Designer: Nicole Breedon
Lighting Designer: Andrew Sainsbury
Fabricators and Installers: Ben Taranto, Andrew Hustwaithe, Shae Nagorka, Lauren Dunn
Print Program Design: Hours After

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Image: Jill Orr, creative development documentation, Magdalen Laundries, Abbotsford Convent, 2019. Photograph: Anne Moffat.

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