5 Aug 2021 to 5 Sep 2021 Daily Event
A Biography of Daphne is a curatorial project that revisits the classical myth of Daphne as the starting point for an investigation of trauma and metamorphosis, symbiosis and entanglement in contemporary art. Daphne, the nymph who turned into a tree to evade the assault of the god Apollo, is a figure in, and of, crisis, but also a symbol of resistance and transformation.
In this exhibition Daphne is cast as a dynamic model for the ruptures between the ‘figures’ and ‘grounds’ of today’s visual, social, political and ecological environments. Newly commissioned and existing works by Australian and international artists are assembled to explore the integrity and vulnerability of bodies, their performative or prosthetic extensions, and the alliances they enter – across species or registers of representation – that open identity to the possibility of a radical othering.
The exhibition is developed by Mihnea Mircan, a curator based in Melbourne and a PhD candidate in the Curatorial Practice program at MADA, Monash University.
5 Aug 2021 to 5 Sep 2021