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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

Presented in the North and South Magdalen Laundries, Abbotsford Convent

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

A combination of new site-specific commissions and existing works have been installed in response to the unique architectural features of the venue to enact spatial and temporal gestures that operate in dialogue with one another – as well as other places and times.

Exploring concepts such as transformation, erasure, suspension and drift, the artworks unfold, loop and reconfigure themselves throughout the course of the exhibition. A number of works involve live performative elements that may be intermittent or durational. Something will always be happening, but not everything will be happening all at once. A loose schedule of cycles, sequences and trigger points will follow the natural fall of light across twilight.

Audiences are invited to arrive at any time to explore the spaces and works as they please. A cash bar will be open each evening from 6.00 to 9.00pm.

Temporal Proximities is the inaugural project of the Convent’s Magdalen Laundries Program. 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 is an exclusive opportunity to experience the first exhibition to span both North and South Laundries, following the first stage of conservation and restoration works.

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

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

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

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