Brook Andrew exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art

April 15 / 156

Brook Andrew, Tomb of the outcast I, 2015, photographic print. Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Brook Andrew, Tomb of the outcast I, 2015, photographic print. Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

 

Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist Brook Andrew challenges popular narratives around the ANZAC story in a major new exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

 

Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts is an immersive installation, featuring new sculptural work, as well as items Andrew has selected from both his own archives and from University collections, including the University Art Collection, archives, maps, rare books, zoology and the Baillieu Library Print Collections.

 

The exhibition consists of four gallery spaces as metaphor of tombs, created to flow without a set start or finish but as a series of experiences – from claustrophobic to reverential – that evoke powerfully emotive responses.

 

"I hope people will experience a fresh view on how we think about our involvement in war and they will consider multiple histories.  How we remember and how we forget," said Mr Andrew.

 

For each day of the exhibition Mr Andrew will provide an image selected from a current day conflict zone to remind viewers that 100 years after the landing at Gallipoli, conflict continues - a constant reminder of the misnomer originally applied to World War 1, ‘the war to end all wars’.

 

Curator, Vince Alessi, says the exhibition discusses commemoration and memory and encourages special consideration of this on Australia’s National Remembrance Day.

 

“Wars leave a lasting impression on those who participate, on those left behind and on future generations who look to them for remembrance, lessons and identity.  However, often parts of the narrative become fractured or are simply forgotten.  They remain on the periphery wanting to be heard to ensure that our history is inclusive and true.

 

“This exhibition considers the reality of human experience in war zones. It also presents a positive response to Australia’s role as a place of sanctuary for those escaping conflict, resettling refugees from war zones over generations from the Jewish diaspora, to Europeans post WW1 and WW2, the Vietnamese, the Chinese and recently middle eastern countries,” said Alessi. 

 

 

Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts shows until August 9 at the Ian Potter Museum of Art 

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