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Agent Bodies


Agent Bodies

8 Apr 2022 - 7 Aug 2022

Agent Bodies probes the various ways that contemporary creative practices engage with themes of human agency, performance, identity, and the body.

Considering new propositions of what a body is, what it has been, and, perhaps most importantly, what it could be, this exhibition interrogates how human bodies, other bodies, and the space between bodies are today contextualised and understood. These excesses of the body highlight the ‘extra-human’ nature of contemporary identities.

Many of the artists included in Agent Bodies recognise bodies as fluid, hybrid, permeable, and ambiguous. They explore how bodies dictate the shape of time and space, but also how the shape of time and space can influence bodies. They reflect where the body is, where it isn’t, and the various states in between. In this way this project has an affinity with radical forms of queerness, intersubjectivity, and intersectionality. Considering agency within its social context, this exhibition includes works that question the performance of identity, bodies in motion, and various states of bodily integrity – birth, sex, and death.

Working across a diverse range of media, the artworks in Agent Bodies share an interest in interrogating the various freedoms and constraints enacted upon bodies in our historical present.

Exhibiting Artists: Anonymous, Brook Andrew, Georgia Banks, Leigh Bowery, Cassils, Megan Cope, Juan Davila, Matthew Davis, Alicia Frankovich, Lucian Freud, Claire Lambe, Mike Parr, Sam Petersen, Yhonnie Scarce, The Killing, Anne Wallace, and Ah Xian.

Exhibition Curators: Mikala Dwyer, Drew Pettifer

Image: Ah Xian,China, China-Bust 78, 2002. Imagecourtesy of RMIT Art Collection.

Gallery Details

RMIT Gallery
RMIT Building 16
Level 3, City Campus
RMIT University
344 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

T: 03 9925 1717
W: rmitgallery.com

Opening Hours
(during exhibition periods)
Tuesday – Friday: 11 am to 5pm
Saturday: 12:30 pm to 5 pm
Closed public holidays, Sundays and RMIT Campus closures. 
Entry is Free

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Gallery Info

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.