A Journey to Freedom

Opens 08-06-2018,  closes 29-07-2018

Argyle Galleries 1-3, Central Gallery, Bond Store Basement, Bond Store Ground and TMAG Courtyard

A Journey to Freedom is a new contemporary art exhibition guest curated by Swiss curator Barbara Polla together with Olivier Varenne and Mary Knights.

A Journey to Freedom explores issues relating to incarceration from a range of different cultural and historical perspectives: from Tasmania’s dark convict past; to ‘doing time’ in the notorious “Pink Palace” Risdon Prison; and the experience of refugees held in camps and detention centres in Australia and beyond.

The exhibition brings together new and recent works by contemporary national and international artists working across installation, sculpture, video, photography and virtual reality with works to be presented across the museum’s temporary galleries and transitional spaces.

International artists include Janet Biggs, Nicolas Daubanes, Mounir Fatmi, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Ali Kazma, Rachel Labastie, Robert Montgomery, Jean-Michel Pancin and Jhafis Quintero. Australian artists include Shaun Gladwell, Sam Wallman and well-known Tasmanian Ricky Maynard.

Shaun Gladwell’s virtual reality work Orbital vanitas will be presented in TMAG’s Central Gallery, providing visitors with an immersive experience of being placed inside an enormous skull that is orbiting the earth.

A Journey to Freedom is presented by Dark Mofo, Mona and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).

Public Program

TMAG has developed an exciting public program to accompany the exhibition. This program of free public events and guided talks provides further insight into the exhibition and the cultural, historical and psychological circumstances that define confinement in all its many forms.

Hobart-based electronic media artist Matt Warren will provide a powerful three-hour performance responding to the exhibition’s themes for the duration of the opening event on Friday 8 June, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

For more information about public programs during Dark Mofo, download the flyer.

Shaun Gladwell Orbital vanitas

Image details:
Shaun Gladwell, Orbital vanitas (video still), 2016. Courtesy the artist, BADFAITH and Anna Schwartz Gallery.