The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney is right by beautiful Sydney Harbour and The Rocks, boasting the most amazing views of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. I visited it for the 'Telling Tales' exhibition which was curated by Rachel Kent, it made me explore the inventive approaches taken by international and Australian artists to narrative form. The artists used an array of materials such as hazy fog, hand-typed text and lights. The works of art pick apart conventional story-telling approaches to reconsider ideas focused around duration, structure and repetition. The art in MCA breaks away from a traditional linear format, the artists work offer a rather cyclical and open-ended stories and narration through non-verbal communication and mysterious narratives. Questions around authorship and truth emerge through some artists’ works whilst others embrace live durational events such as opera and shadow puppetry to convey their stories. The Colour of Saying: was one of my favourite works. I loved the fact that the museum was free, making it accessible to any one with a love for contemporary art, freedom of thought, lights or simply curious. The 'Telling Tales' exhibition started on the 2nd of June and lasts till the 9th of October and I highly recommend any Sydney siders or visitors with some free time to hop in and enjoy the fascinating and percipient works. The participating artists include: Bouchra Khalili, Lee Mingwei, Angelica Mesiti, Peggy Patrick, Shirley Purdie, Phyllis Thomas and Kerry Tribe, Safdar Ahmed & Refugee Art Project, Kate Daw, Emily Floyd, Mabel Juli, Jumaadi, Jitish Kallat.
I LIKE THE IDEA OF BEING HYPNOTISED BY A PATTERN, A PATTERN THAT CAN BREAK THE PROGRAMME OF HOW WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BEHAVE AND WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING.
-Brook Andrew, 2010