Macquarie University Art Gallery

Macquarie University Art Gallery


Image: Effy Alexakis, Gorgona at Xifas Beach #2 (detail), 2017, Metallic Print printed on Kodak Endura paper, 50.8 x 61cm, frame size 79 x 68.5 cm, Collection of the artist

Making a Splash: Mermaids and Modernity 

Effy Alexakis, Alan Barlow, Eddie Blitner, Meredith Brice, Mauro Anselmo Olivos Castillo, Maria Cmielewski, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Kate Downhill, Jacquelene Drinkall, Nigel Helyer and Nola Jones.

8 September – 13 November 2017

A Macquarie University Art Gallery exhibition in collaboration with Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Curators: Philip Hayward, Rhonda Davis and Leonard Janiszewski

Making a Splash: Mermaids and Modernity explores the mermaid as an active agency and cultural figure of the contemporary world. This exhibition recasts the mermaid with fresh interpretations that encapsulates the socio-political and cultural dimensions that connect tradition and folklore with contemporary issues specific to time, place and site.

The creation of new works for this exhibition have recontextualised the mermaid within a wide schema of identity and gender politics, the environment and heritage issues amid the currency of our times. Rethinking the mermaid as a powerful symbol that has the capacity to make change about contemporary issues lies at the core of Making a Splash.

The exhibition features the creation of new works offering fresh interpretations of the mermaid including painting, photography, sound and installation.

Note: During the graduation period the gallery has different opening hours: Monday 18 September−Friday 29 September Opening hours: 11.30am–1.30pm and 3pm–7pm

The Macquarie University Art Gallery offers regular, changing exhibition programs to engage audiences from all walks of life.

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