A glimpse of NGV’s Melbourne Now: Moving-image works, unconventional jewellery and performance art

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A glimpse of NGV’s Melbourne Now: Moving-image works, unconventional jewellery and performance art

Words by Sam Beros

The NGV’s Melbourne Now is back - 10 years since its inaugural presentation.

Celebrating the variety and breadth of Victorian contemporary art, the exhibition houses new and old artists alike – many of which are first-time presenters at the NGV.

The exhibition appears to be bigger and more diverse than ever before: over 200 individual projects will be on display over its duration, including over 70 that have been specifically commissioned by the NGV.

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Included in these commissions, are the performance artworks to be displayed within Melbourne Now’s Performance Program.

The program involves various Melbourne-based performance artists, choreographers and dancers (APHIDS, Alicia Frankovich, Jo Lloyd and Joel Bray, among others) and will present these works across the duration of the exhibition.

Jewellery Now sees a diverse representation of fifteen artists and designers tackle the meaning and significance of jewellery across cultures, prompting discussion of its modern practice, purpose and importance.

The NGV have also teamed up with curator Olivia Koh to bring to new eyes recess: an online platform dedicated to displaying contemporary moving-image works by 21 Melbourne-based film-makers.

Koh’s recess, according to her website, “promotes and facilities new modes of artistic production, output and accessibility of current video and film works in Australia and overseas”.

Other displays include a room-sized ‘temple’ built from computer fans courtesy of emerging artist Rel Pham, Lee Darroch’s 10-metre-long installation Duta Ganha Woka (Save Mother Earth Now) and Lou Hubbard’s Walkers with Dinosaurs: a carefully constructed combination of walking frames and dinosaur-shaped children’s chairs that serves to evoke the humour in our inevitable mortality.

Melbourne Now is on display from 24 March to 20 August 2023 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Fed Square. More info here.