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Beyond Boundaries: Sensory Relationships with the Environment

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Beyond Boundaries is a sensory exhibition by artists from Maroondah and beyond whose artworks explore their relationship with the environment.
Beyond-boundaries.jpg Chris Hume, MMIGP

Acknowledgement of Country

Beyond Boundaries: Sensory Relationships with the Environment acknowledges that we are on the traditional Land of the Wurundjeri.  We would also like to pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.  We accept and respect the Wurundjeri people in their customs of welcome.  The Wurundjeri people support the coming together of all people, respecting their individuality, to focus on a unified and cohesive nation.

About the exhibition

Beyond Boundaries is a multi-sensory exhibition by diverse artists whose cross-disciplinary artworks explore their relationship with the environment. Artists, from Maroondah and beyond, invite the community to explore artworks, which collectively, elicit responses from all five senses.

Beyond Boundaries showcases Indigenous artists, artists who arrived here after long journeys and artists who have always called Australia home. The exhibition also includes artists who are living with disability and those who deeply challenge the fundamentally dominant perceptions of how society sees them.

A possum skin cloak, sculptures and other cultural objects by members of the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place and an immersive environment created by Zetta Kanta and Simon York encourages visitors to look, listen, touch and smell.

3D prints, print plates and blocks by Christine Scott Vincent, wearable art by Grace Van Thang and a metallic sculpture by Ciara Glover invites visitors to look and touch. 

A spoken word performance by Amanda Marx allows visitors to look and listen and a library created in collaboration with Vision Australia offers visitors the opportunity to touch braille, sight text or listen to the narratives of the many ways of seeing the environment. 

The edible sculpture, with its tasty take-away bites, by Edit Andrej tempts visitors to look, touch, smell and taste. Together, these works communicate the artists’ unique relationship with the environment in an accessible way through their five senses.

This exhibition collapses the boundary usually maintained by galleries which stops visitors from handling artwork by inviting the community to gently touch the works. This accessible exhibition normalises difference through embracing diversity. Information is provided in Mizo, Hungarian, Latvian and English text along with Braille and audio. ‘Beyond Boundaries’ embraces an audience which includes, but is also beyond, the dominant gallery viewer.

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About the artists and artworks

Beyond Boundaries has been researched and curated by Belinda Robertson and is supported by Vision Australia.

Further information

For further information on the exhibition contact Curator, Belinda Robertson, on 9298 4537 or email Belinda.Robertson@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Date and Time

  • Friday, 05 April 2019 - 9.00AM to Friday, 24 May 2019 - 5.00PM
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