For the exhibition 'New Histories', Seecum Cheung, Maike Hemmers (DAI, 2017), Pilar Mata Dupont (DAI, 2016), Isabelle Sully (DAI, 2017), and Flora Woudstra (DAI, 2017) have developed the multi-channel film " Attending to Agnes" ~ to be screened in Australia till 29 July.

28.04.18 | tag: Bendigo

In New Histories contemporary artists reimagine ten historic works from the 19th and early 20th century Australian and European collection of Bendigo Art Gallery. Informed by technological, social, environmental, political and historical events that have occurred since the original work’s creation, artists in the exhibition revisit interpretations of Australian and European histories through the lens of contemporary culture.

Working across mediums of performance, sound, film, painting and textiles, historic and contemporary artworks will be reframed in a series of installations throughout the contemporary and heritage courts of the Gallery. New Histories challenges the nature of art as historic record and the role of the artist and the museum as documenter, and commentator of the world.

For 'New Histories' artists Seecum Cheung, Maike Hemmers, Pilar Mata Dupont, Isabelle Sully, and Flora Woudstra have developed a multi-channel film, presenting their varied viewpoints and voices collectively in responding to Agnes Goodsir’s painting, 'Girl with a Cigarette' (circa 1925), and her accompanying life and oeuvre. Finding each other through a similar situation to how Goodsir once found herself – that is, living in a city that is not their own after having moved to study – the group decided to undertake a residency in Paris, visiting and working in spaces Goodsir frequented and treating her as a metaphorical host and tour-guide to collaboratively develop a feminist practice of solidarity, intimacy, conflict and friendship across geographies and through the social infrastructure of the film.The film is called Attending to Agnes.