Curated by Samantha McCulloch (ZAF/VIC) & Frances Wilkinson (VIC)
Developed in association with the Centre for Contemporary Photography
Featuring Léuli Eshraghi (SAM/IRN/VIC), Catherine Evans (VIC), Grace Herbert (TAS), Sophie Neate (VIC), James Tylor (Te Arawa/Kaurna/SA), Rudi Williams (ITA/VIC) and Elmedin Žunić (BIH/NOR/VIC)
What happens to artworks when they are hidden from view, resting in the vaults of an archive? Inside a commercial storage unit, a volcanic rock rests on light sensitive paper, a single fluorescent bulb illuminates a cement sculpture and a cast of a corrugated iron wall is neatly folded in a corner, prudently waiting. Fifteen minutes-walk away in a gallery space at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, a photograph of the volcanic rock fades over time, a plastic sheet with traces of the cement is laid bare and two photographs of the casting process reflect in one another. Here, the artists’ documents and working processes are present, while the artworks themselves inhabit the unusual surrounds of National Storage Collingwood.
Examining the relationship between artwork, its documentation and viewing spaces, shadow sites explores how art is understood both within and outside the gallery. Over the course of eight weeks, seven artists working with photography, sculpture and language present new site responsive works that explore the relationship between original and document, tracing the stages of production and display.
ImageElmedin Žunić, 'document #79' (installation view), 2014. Photographer J Forsyth
shadow sites was developed through Next Wave’s Emerging Curators Program with Centre for Contemporary Photography for Next Wave Festival 2016.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, City of Yarra, National Storage and Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH.