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Veronica Franco v Instagram 

Sam George & Lisa Radford 

Sam George and Lisa Radford, Veronica Franco v Instagram, presented at Gertrude Glasshouse 2022. Photo: Christian Capurro.

27 May -
25 June 2022

Gertrude Glasshouse

44 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood

Opening Thursday 26 May, 6-8pm

Veronica Franco v Instagram is a duel between Veronica Franco, the 16th century Italian poet, courtesan, feminist, and philanthropist and the algorithm in search of the corporeal. Emerging from a commission presented at Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne for the exhibition THIS IS A POEM, Veronica v Instagram has been developed in conversation with a performative nut-cluster of actors who individually and collectively speak and sing a script adapted from Hannie Rayson's 1990 book Hotel Sorrento, in prose and protest.

The artists would like to acknowledge and thank performers: Freyja Black, Sophia Derkenne, Ludomyr Kemp-Mykyta, Ivy Crago, Iris Simpson, Frazer Shepherdson, Lauren Swain, Jess Lu and Molly Mechen. 

Download the exhibition catalogue here. 


1990 - 2022, by Spiros Panigirakis

I am invited over to dinner to discuss Sam George and Lisa Radford’s Veronica Franco v Instagram. Sam is cooking. I had been very enthusiastic about The Dugong Sublime, the first iteration of this project, staged in This is a Poem at Buxton Contemporary in 2021. 

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The Gertrude Glasshouse Program is supported by the City of Yarra 2022 Annual Grants Program.

Gertrude Glasshouse is generously supported by Michael Schwarz and David Clouston.

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Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High Street
Preston South VIC
Melbourne, Australia

Opening hours:
Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm

Gertrude Glasshouse

44 Glasshouse Road
Collingwood VIC
Melbourne, Australia

Opening hours:
Thursday–Saturday 12–5pm