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The Hand, The Eye & The Heart



1 October 2011 – 12 February 2012 | Media Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) | Free admission
GOMA Opening Hours
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
Closed Christmas Day
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays

‘The Hand, the Eye and the Heart’ brings together works that reflect on the public dimension of private experience. The exhibition includes video, photography, drawing and sculpture, surveying a range of approaches used by artists to record private and personal aspects of human experience and considering how these acts of remembrance are made material and spiritual.

Throughout the exhibition, the individual’s lived experience is given significance within broader cultural and historical narratives. Sites, practices and objects of historic memory are integral to this process, as are the roles they have in symbolising individual and collective expressions of faith, memorialisation and solitude; or reflecting ideas of enlightenment, mortality and the impermanence of memory itself. Some artists work as diarists, using aspects of autobiography in both spoken and written word, and documentary strategies to record events; while others use the anonymity of found and appropriated material to create simple metaphors that connect history to the present reality.

The exhibition in Gallery 2.1 features works by:
Montien Boonma (Thailand)
Harun Farocki (Czech Republic/Germany)
Mona Hatoum (Lebanon/England)
Mathew Jones (Australia)
Rei Naito (Japan/USA)
Christodoulos Panayiotou (Republic of Cyprus)
Michael Parekowhai (New Zealand)
Natee Utarit (Thailand)
Liu Wei (China)
Nawurapu Wunungmurra (Dhalwangu people, Australia)
William Yang (Australia)
Yang Zhenzhong (China)
Yao Jui-Chung (Taiwan).

The exhibition is supported by additional works along the Level 2 walkway by:
eX de Medici (Australia)
Raafat Ishak (Egypt/Australia)
Linda Marrinon (Australia)
Yao Jui-Chung (Taiwan)

Programs and Events

Saturday 3 December 2011 | 1.00pm Level 2, Media Gallery
William Yang in conversation with José Da Silva, Senior Curator, Australian Cinémathèque.

Special guest lecture | 'Heart and Soul, Brain and Mind'
Friday 9 December 2011 | 6.00pm Cinema B, GOMA
Professor Max Bennett, AO, Professor of Neuroscience, University Chair, and Director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney. Introduction by José Da Silva, Senior Curator, Australian Cinémathèque.