Agent Bodies

Agent Bodies questions 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.

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.

Curators: Mikala Dwyer, Drew Pettifer

Exhibition opening: Thursday 7 April, 6-8pm. Entry is free, but RSVP is essential.

Public programs:
Panel Discussion: Bodies in Space/Bodies and Space. Wednesday 11 May, 5.30-6.30pm, RMIT Gallery. More info.

Agent Bodies runs until 14 August 2022.

Exhibition catalogue: View the Agent Bodies exhibition catalogue

Downloadable Exhibition catalogue PDF: Agent Bodies exhibition catalogue

Accessibility resources

For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, RMIT Gallery offers the hire of iPads which feature captioned versions of artworks that include sound. To access one of these iPads, please approach our Front of House staff who will be able to check one out to you for use in the exhibition spaces.