Opening night: My Monster – the human animal hybrid
28 Jun 6:00pm -
28 Jun 8:00pm
Join us at the opening night of My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid at RMIT Gallery (29 June – 18 August). This contemporary art exhibition coincides with the 200th anniversary year of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and will be launched by Barbara Creed, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne and an Honorary Professorial Fellow.
Creed is the author of five books on feminism, sexuality, film and media including the feminist classic, The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis (Routledge). Her recent research is on animal studies, the inhuman and social justice issues; and her latest publication Stray: Human–Animal Ethics in the Anthropocene (2017) explores the relationship between human and animal in the context of the stray.
My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid explores our enduring fascination and revulsion with the merging of the human and animal. Bringing together work by more than 25 Australian and international artists in diverse media from public and private collections, including several new works created for the exhibition, My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid is curated by Dr Evelyn Tsitas, based on her widely published doctoral research in this field.
Artists Rose Agnew, Jane Alexander, Janet Beckhouse, Peter Booth, Jazmina Cininas, Kate Clark, Catherine Clover, Beth Croce, Julia deVille, Heri Dono, Peter Ellis, Rona Green, Ai Hasegawa, Moira Finucane, Rayner Hoff, Sam Jinks, Deborah Kelly, Bharti Kher, Deborah Klein, Oleg Kulik, Sam Leach, Norman Lindsay, Sidney Nolan, Eko Nugroho, Patricia Piccinini, Kira O’Reilly & Jennifer Willet, Lisa Roet, Geoffrey Ricardo, Mithu Sen, Maja Smrekar, Ronnie van Hout & (((20hz))).
Images: Jane Alexander, Song, 2018. Pigment on cotton. Kate Clark, Gallant, 2016. Fallow deer hide, antlers, clay, foam, thread, pins, rubber eyes, wire, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist. Beth Croce, The Operation Was Complex But the Surgeons Were Skilled, 2018. Page from unbound book.