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of a thing that could not be put back 2023

Art at the Bank
Cecil Place Precinct, Union Bank, 236-238 Chapel St Prahran

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Council of SVOo is an art collective considering and responding to architectural, historical and socio-political themes within site. 'Of a thing that could not be put back' will involve a series of works delving into capitalist production, labor value and changing work practices in a climate emergency and post-Covid world. Veering between the apocalyptic and the poetic, the exhibition poses the question,


“what can we make with what is left?”

This exhibition is part of a series of art activations of the old union bank space on Chapel Street throughout 2023.

Artists: Natasha Cantwell, Juliette Claire, Susannah Foster, Wanda Gillespie,
Annique Goldenberg, Sean Kennedy, Roynae Mayes, Laura Woodward and Ann Zomer.

LIVING WATER: companion thinkers & Flood biosphere

A lifelong bond with water and the variety of life experiences that have accompanied it are central to Goldenberg's art practice. A pivotal art residency in 2017 in the High Arctic, alongside the severe flooding caused by Cyclone Debbie that same year, became the foundation for her Doctor of Visual Art Research at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Meanjin, Brisbane. Incorporating chance and random events into her research: LIVING WATER: the ocean stretched, Goldenberg draws on these highly personal lived experiences to examine the ontology of water in its many forms. Exploring various transformative visual art projects, the flood biosphere and artist books which emerged out of the 2017 and 2022 Northern Rivers floods, were, and continue to be, co-created in companionship. This inclusive process encompasses not only the physical materials involved, but all the elements who interact and continue to connect with them at any moment in time. Through this sustained dialogue she asks how visual arts can communicate and contribute to the broader conversation about our interconnected, ecological, and cultural relationships with water.

Annique has lived near water all her life; as a child learning to sail on the coastal waters of England, and as an adult spending 10 years living on yachts while sailing various oceans with her husband and children. After settling on the Northland coast of Aotearoa New Zealand in the 1990s, she currently lives and works next to the Pacific Ocean on Arakwal and Bundjalung Country in northern NSW, and Jagera and Turrbal Country in Queensland.

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