Mel O'Callaghan premiere at the National Gallery of Victoria
- When 17 Nov 2017 - 12 Mar 2018
NGV AUSTRALIA, FEDERATION SQUARE LEVEL 3, VICTORIA
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The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne is currently presenting the Australian premier of a major video installation by the Paris-based, Australian contemporary artist and UNSW alum Mel O’Callaghan.
In this stunning two-channel video work titled Ensemble, man protests against the violence of man, and triumphs. Ensemble 2013 was first shown at the Centre Pompidou, in both Paris and Malaga, and the Institut d’Art Contemporain Villeurbanne/ Rhône-Alpes in Lyon, France in 2016.
O’Callaghan’s art practice – encompassing film, sculpture, performance and installation – is rooted in myth. For this Australian artist, myth and ritual can be seen as illustrative of the human condition, and art the means of addressing or solving conundrums raised by these stories and actions.
Mel O’Callaghan holds a Master of Fine Arts from UNSW Art & Design. Her solo exhibitions include ‘Balancing Act’, Galerie Allen, Paris (2013); ‘Endgame’, Belo Galsterer Galeria, Lisbon (2013); and ‘Each Atom Of That Stone In Itself Forms A World’, Grantpirrie, Sydney (2010). Her work has been included in several significant group exhibitions internationally, including ‘NATURA: Paisagem e Natureza’, Museu Nogueira de Silva, Braga (2013); ‘Desire Lines’, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne (2012–13); ‘Livret IV’, Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart (2012); and ‘La Main Numerique’, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, and Maba Maison d’art Bernard Anthonioz, Paris (2010).