Life Uncut

Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor at The Old Operating Theatre, King's College, London

The Body is a Big Place will be presented twice as part of Science Gallery London’s season BLOOD: Life Uncut (27 July - 1 November 2017).

At The Old Operating Theatre, Europe’s oldest surviving operating theatre dating 1822, the artists have reconceived the work as a form of relic - of the work itself and of a number of entangled histories of medicine and science. These include surgery and organ transplantation in particular, and the heart perfusion technique developed by German physiologist Oscar Langendorff in the 1890s that is now central to scientific cardiac research, and that forms the basis of previous live heart perfusion performances in The Body is a Big Place

The second showing of the work will take place at Copeland Gallery in Peckham (Oct-Nov) as part of a larger exhibition of BLOOD: Life Uncut. Here the perfusion device will be animated with fresh pig’s blood that will flow continuously through the perfusion device over the 3-week exhibition. Alongside the perfusion device will be a 2-channel video project of the underwater swimming pool performance and a video of the live Science Gallery Dublin perfusion performance.


Blood and Identity


Join SJ Norman, Gabriel Nodea and Peta Clancy in conversation as they explore how working with blood has offered new perspectives on blood as a life giving substance whilst also allowing the artists to explore their Aboriginal heritage through its links to identity.

“a shift in curatorial practice is signalling changes to establish an enduring engagement with First Nation artists, their cultural practices and creative communities.” Peta Clancy

Art can offer an understanding of multiple human experiences and perspectives, and has the capacity to address issues of race in productive, healing and empowering ways.

Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker at Monash Gallery of Art


Australian Centre for Photography (ACP)

State Library of NSW, Sydney

Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

For this large-scale exhibition, Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker, ACP has invited 15 artists to create new works in response to the iconic Sunbaker by revered Australian photographer Max Dupain.

Through a diverse range of immersive and thought-provoking works, the exhibition explores views of our culture, our identity and our nationhood. Reflecting Australia’s multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith nature, this audacious exhibition enables a creative and often very personal exploration of the question ‘is there something new under the sun?’

The 15 artists not only interrogate the social and political implications embedded within this image but also challenge the status of this photograph in our visual culture. Pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium, their works will expose the aesthetical complexities at play in discussions around collective identity.

Examining the legacy of the past and questioning the relevance that this image might retain in the future, the project draws on a range of diverse practitioners and creative forms to consider questions of representation and cultural pluralism while also reflecting on the depiction of the idealised body, discussing gender issues, cultural and political ideas relating to immigration and colonisation, and our relationship with the land.

The exhibition features new works by Peta Clancy, Christopher Day, Destiny Deacon, Michaela Gleave, Nasim Nasr, Sara Oscar, Julie Rrap, Khaled Sabsabi, Yhonnie Scarce, Christian Thompson, Angela Tiatia, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Daniel Von Sturmer, Justene Williams and William Yang.

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Aurelian at Richmond Library

Yarra City Arts, Richmond Library

10 May – 28 Jul 2017

Aurelian – In this recent series of works, my investigations into history, museological collections and the Victorian landscape have enabled me to piece together an evolving continuum of erasure, recovery, loss and memory. After spending extensive time researching the entomology collection at Museums Victoria, studying now extinct and endangered species of butterflies and moths. I then travelled to the sites of extinction and collected soil samples which have been used to create painterly backgrounds or environments on which to photograph the butterfly specimens.

Aurelian is presented as part of Locale 2017, Yarra City Council's Exhibition Program at Richmond Town Hall, Richmond Library, Fitzroy Library and Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy Library.