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Chrysalis: Bindi Cole
Maroondah Art Gallery will launch the exhibition Chrysalis: Bindi Cole on Thursday 28th May from 10.30am to 12pm. The exhibition showcases sculptural installations comprising photographs, videos and objects by Australian artist Bindi Cole.
Chrysalis references the artist's life story and experiences; her Aboriginal identity, the importance of Christianity in her life, and the impact of politics, the law and other power structures on her, her family, and community.
Bindi Cole, EH5452, video still, 2012
"Chrysalis connotes the idea of a protective coating, a sheltered state, or a stage of being and growth. Upon entry to the gallery we are faced with a structure built to specifications in accordance with the average size of a prison cell in the British Isles. The work is EH4542 and refers to the artist's experiences in prison. Between 1999—2000, Cole spent two years across three different prisons in England, including the notorious Holloway Prison. For the artist, the time was to signify a period of significant self-transformation and the embrace of Christianity. The installation within the prison cell plays upon the tension of solitude as potentially nourishing or oppressive. The imagery of the prison cell is contrasted here with a series of cloud photographs. These works emphasize the disparity between a locked internal space and the fleeting impermanence of the external world." (From Arts in Maroondah website).
Join Mayor, Cr Tony Dib JP in recognition of Reconciliation Week 2015. The Launch will acknowledge the importance of a vibrant, shared future for Indigenous and non Indigenous people, and will include a Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and performances by talented singer Kutcha Edwards and the Djirri Djirri Dancers.
Guest Speaker Natalie King, Senior Research Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne will open Bindi Cole's exhibition Chrysalis.
Maroondah Art Gallery 32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood