Artists: Anna Daučíková, Luke Fowler, Gail Hastings, Rita Keegan and pieces from the Etta Hirsh Ceramics Collection, with exhibition design in collaboration with Maud Vervenne.
Guest curator: Isabelle Sully
Citational choices takes La Trobe University’s Etta Hirsh collection of ceramics as its point of departure. The exhibition will combine the Hirsh Collection – amassed between the late 1960s and the 1990s – with artwork by contemporary artists. Like the precious ceramic vessels that Hirsh used in her home and everyday life, Citational choices marries the functional and the formal. The exhibition combines ceramics with archival material, moving image, sculpture, exhibition design and publishing. Together, these elements unravel the biographical stories present within the collection itself – those of Etta Hirsh, of a local art scene, of La Trobe Art Institute and now, in the case of this exhibition, everyone newly involved. Through contemporary works which engage with personal and material archives, the exhibition pays particular attention to the biographical stories – the anecdotal and the informal ones – that don’t often make it onto the record.
Image: Pieces from La Trobe University's Etta Hirsh Ceramics Collection installed in Citational choices. Photo: Leon Schoots.
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