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Simryn Gill

A Long Time Between Drinks  2005-2009

off set prints, archive box

30 × 30 cm, image

Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the Coe and Mordant families, 2010


About the Artwork

A Long Time between Drinks comprises 13 black-and-white photographs housed within a handmade box. The photographs are of Adelaide, the city where Gill first lived when she arrived in Australia in 1987.  In these photographs, Gill retraces her steps through the suburbs of Adelaide, recording familiar streets where she lived, walked with her children, visited friends. As a piece about human memory and time’s passing, the work is a subtle and quiet evocation of a time and place that bear private meaning for the artist. The work’s title suggests the idea of re-visitation, the meeting of old friends – of looking back, and sampling again a significant moment in time.

Gill has a diverse practice, including making photographs, sculptures and collections, and writing and drawing. Her works are frequently informed by ideas about place and the passage of time – from her photographs of abandoned buildings across Malaysia, Standing Still (2000–03); to sculptural works created from found objects and consumer detritus, collected by the artist and assembled into poetic formations; to hand-beaded necklaces made from pages of books sourced from friends and colleagues, then given back to them to wear, in Pearls (1999– ongoing).

Simryn Gill

– About the artist

Born 1959, Singapore. Lives and works Port Dickson, Malaysia and Sydney

Simryn Gill has a diverse art practice, including making photographs, sculptures and collections, writing and drawing. Her work has been seen in several solo and group exhibitions including Hugging the Shore, NTU Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore (2015); Sites of Reason: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Here art grows on trees, Australian Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013); Lasting Images, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013); 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2013); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012); Untitled: 12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2011); Simryn Gill: Inland, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2009); Simryn Gill: Gathering, MCA, Sydney (2008); dOCUMENTA 12, Kassel (2007).

Gill is represented in the collections of, among others, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; M+, Hong Kong; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery, Singapore; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Collection, London; and a number of private collections.

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