Participating artists include Safdar Ahmed & Refugee Art Project, Kate Daw, Emily Floyd, Mabel Juli, Jumaadi, Jitish Kallat, Bouchra Khalili, Lee Mingwei, Angelica Mesiti, Peggy Patrick, Shirley Purdie, Phyllis Thomas and Kerry Tribe
Curator: Rachel Kent
Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form explores the varied, inventive approaches taken by leading Australian and international artists to narrative form. Using diverse materials including light, fog and hand-typed text, their works pick apart conventional story-telling approaches to reconsider ideas around structure, duration, repetition and fragmentation.
Breaking away from a traditional linear format, their works instead offer cyclical and open-ended stories, narration through non-verbal communication or silence, and mysterious, incomplete narratives constructed through fragments and clues. Questions around authorship, truth and fiction emerge through some artists’ works whilst others embrace oral histories and live durational events, including shadow puppetry and opera, to convey their stories.
Tour the exhibition with our volunteer guides and discover art, artists and their hidden stories, free tours of Telling Tale: Excursions in narrative form run daily.
Featuring artwork guides with extended texts, audio and video with artists and curators, plus playlists to the collection by local musicians, this is your FREE guide to the MCA.
Every Thursday– Sunday, 2 June – 9 October
Level 3 Galleries
Taiwanese, Paris-based artist Lee Mingwei’s performance-installation Sonic Blossom has classically trained opera singers periodically select a museum visitor and approach them with a simple question: May I give you the gift of song? Should the visitor accept, the singer will lead the participant to a chair and serenade them with one of Franz Schubert’s lieder. Mingwei compares the sporadic performances to “the folding and unfolding of a ‘Sonic Blossom’.”