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Great Movements of Feeling
Curated by Zara Sigglekow

12 May -
16 June 2018

Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High St, Preston VIC 3072

Opening: 11 May, 6-8pm
Gertrude Emerging Curators Program

Gertrude has partnered with Next Wave since 2002 to support and mentor early practice curators to develop projects of experimentation and ambition, and in 2018 we were pleased to be working with independent curator Zara Sigglekow for her project Great Movements of Feeling.

Great Movements of Feeling included new commissions by Megan Cope (Quandamooka), Gertrude Studio Artist Alumni Helen Grogan (Australia), Nik Pantazopoulos (Australia) and Stuart Ringholt (Australia); Sriwhana Spong (New Zealand/United Kingdom), Sue Williamson (South Africa), and a Medieval Flemish stained glass panel (artist(s) unknown).

Curated by Zara Sigglekow as part of Next Wave Festival 2018 the exhibition considered emotion as a cognitive and bodily force that drives, circulates and sticks. With discursive and centrifugal ambitions, this exhibition observed human emotion through personal and historic lenses.

Great Movements of Feeling was accompanied by an online publication, including catalogue essay by Zara Sigglekow and text responses by writers Laura Couttie, Ellen van Neerven, Sarah Werkmeister, and activist Roxley Foley. 

Zara Sigglekow writes about the ideas behind the exhibition and on individual works; Alex Lambert provides a brief tour intimacy’s history and argues that intimacy is now incrisis; Laura Couttie discusses hysteria and the weeping woman; Ellen van Neerven’s poem in response to Megan Cope’s work shares their concern of lateralviolence inflicted on indigenous people on social media and Sarah Werkmeister argues for re-framing our perceptions of love.

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Great Movements of Feeling was assisted by the Gordon Darling Foundation and the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. With thanks to ACU University and MvS Architects.

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Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High Street
Preston South VIC
Melbourne, Australia

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