Just an hour’s drive from Melbourne is the architecturally (and bucolically) impressive TarraWarra Museum of Art. This regional gem is currently exhibiting TarraWarra International 2017: All That Is Solid…, the third exhibition in the TarraWarra International series.
All that is solid… follows on from TarraWarra International 2015 and its exploration of meaning beyond hegemonic narratives. The exhibition showcases leading contemporary art in a global context, and sees five Australian and international artists depict precarious histories through photography and video.
The title of the exhibition draws on the phrase “all that is solid melts into air” from Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ Communist Manifesto published in 1848. This quote was popularised in a book of the same title written by US author Marshall Berman in 1982, which examined social and economic modernisation and its conflicting relationship with modernism.
Held at the TarraWarra Museum of Art, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, this exhibition employs the first part of the phrase, leaving the artists and audience to imagine individual responses as to how the sentence might finish.
TarraWarra Museum director and curator of the exhibition Victoria Lynn has brought together artists Didem Erk from Turkey and Cao Fei from China, with Tom Nicholson, Patrick Pound and Cyrus Tang from Australia. Many have used archival material such as photos or video footage as a starting point for their work, while others have drawn on current social and political change and conflict to inform their response.
Archival material has been approached with an analytical eye, resulting in Cao Fei critically reflecting on the everyday life in China, and Didem Erk combining interests in archives, contested zones, performance and text.
The exhibition runs until Sunday November 12.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Visit Victoria.