Light Moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art

25 November 2017 – 4 February 2018 | Gallery 1


A National Gallery of Australia Touring Exhibition


A selection of Video Art made between 2009 and 2014 by some of Australia’s most internationally significant video artists; Daniel Crooks, Hayden Fowler, Shaun Gladwell, Gabriella and Silvana Mangano, David Rosetzky, Julie Rrap and Christian Thompson. Light moves: contemporary Australian video art continues to further the possibilities of the medium in poetic works that speak to their own personal interests and histories.

The National Gallery of Australia in partnership with the Wangaratta Art Gallery is delighted to present Light moves: Australian contemporary video art, a major travelling exhibition of new media work by some of Australia’s leading artists. Light moves presents seven major works by contemporary Australian artists which explore the possibilities of the body in video. Each work is an example of great contemporary storytelling, made by the leading proponents of the video form in Australia. Drawing on work acquired over the last three years for the National Collection, Light moves provides a neat and highly accessible survey of contemporary video practice in this country.  As well as being deeply engaging, the experience of this work is also contemplative. Light moves includes projected and screen-­‐based works which show the body performing in a range of real and imagined spaces. Each work engages viewers in a rumination on the place and significance of real bodies in a contemporary world defined by digitisation and the increased commodification of movement.

NGA is proud to have developed this exhibition for a substantial national tour, which includes ten venues in all states and territories following its presentation at NGA. As NGA Director Dr Gerard Vaughan AM said: ‘Light moves demonstrates NGA’s commitment both to celebrating the work of contemporary Australian artists and also to creating audiences for their work throughout Australia. Visitors will be mesmerised by the exhibition’s images of bodies moving through space, and also by the diversity of work by Australian artists of the highest calibre.’ Light moves includes work by Daniel Crooks, Hayden Fowler, Shaun Gladwell, Gabriella and Silvana Mangano,David Rosetzky, Julie Rrap and Christian Thompson, each of whom has developed an international profile for their work.


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image: (bottom left) Hayden FOWLER, New World Order, 2013, (detail) from the series New Romantic, single channel HD digital video, sound, duration 10 minutes 9 seconds collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.