A new exhibition at the Ian Potter Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist Brook Andrew explores an additional understanding of the ANZAC story, in a major new exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne.
Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts challenges popular narratives around the ANZAC legend to reveal and highlight stories hidden over time. The exhibition seeks to give voice to other histories such as Indigenous and immigration that have become silent, and reveals Australia as a place of sanctuary. It asks questions about what we remember, personally and collectively, and how we commemorate.The exhibition features new sculptural work from Andrew, as well as items selected by Andrew from his own archives and from the University of Melbourne Collections, including the University Art Collection, Archives, Maps, Rare Books, Zoology and the Baillieu Library Print Collection.
For each day of the exhibition 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’.
The largest gallery space will feature a large glass vitrine housing a vast amassing of objects, documents, images and photos drawn from University Collections and Andrew’s own archive. The walls will feature text pieces and artwork which will collectively show the many narratives associated with conflict and ongoing impacts.
A display of densely ‘salon hung’ prints, photos, paintings portraying war zones, churches, tombs and other representations of war are presented in a small gallery space.
Exhibition Dates: April 18 to August 9, 2015
The Ian Potter Museum of Art The University of Melbourne | Swanston Street (between Elgin & Faraday sts), Parkville
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm: Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5pm.