Deborah Kelly: Scenes from the Death of Books
- When 3 Jun - 23 Jul 2016
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Deborah Kelly is a Sydney-based artist whose work explores lineages of representation, politics and history in public exchange. 'Scenes from the Death of Books' offers a glimpse of the artist’s continuing investigations into the demise of the printed page, and its afterlife in our collective cultural imagination.
Across a range of media including fine art objects, stop-motion video, ghost collage and open workshops, Kelly works with diverse publics to reanimate and remix abandoned historical materials for contemporary use.
Presented at UNSW Galleries as a suite of related yet distinct works, 'Scenes from the Death of Books' elaborates upon Kelly’s research into the potential of ‘collage’ as both noun and verb.
Deborah Kelly’s work has been shown nationally and internationally in a career spanning over 30 years, including in the 2008 Singapore Biennale, 2014 Sydney Biennale and 2015 Biennale of Thessaloniki, Greece. She is a founding member of the boat-people artist collective, most recently represented in the 2014 TarraWarra Biennial, Victoria. Her 2009 work marking the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square uprising, Tank Man Tango: a Tiananmen Memorial, was shortlisted for the Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest and was recently shown at MOMA PS1, New York.
Deborah Kelly, By the Skin of Her Teeth 2016. Installation view, 'Scenes from the Death of Books', UNSW Galleries, 2016. Photo: Silversalt Photography
Deborah Kelly, 'Scenes from the Death of Books', installation view, UNSW Galleries, 2016. Photo: Silversalt Photography