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Memory itself

Imprint Magazine, Summer 2023, Vol 58, No. 4

Tacita Dean at the vernissage of Geography Biography. © David Atlan

I recently wrote an article for Imprint magazine about Geography Biography, an exhibition of new work by Tacita Dean at the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, Paris. The exhibition explored slow time in relation to the seasons and our own shifting landscapes through the mediums of film, photography, drawing, collage and printmaking.

The title work of the exhibition, Geography Biography (2023) was a 35 mm diptych film presented in a circular pavilion in the centre of Bourse de Commerce. Comprised of images from 20th century postcards from various parts of the world, and outtakes from her own films dating from her early days as an art student to the present, the work offered fragments of the life and memory of the artist, and according to Dean, it was an “accidental self portrait”. Also featured in the exhibition was the majestic chalk drawing on blackboard, The Wreck of Hope 2022, and Sakura (Jindai I) 2023, a photograph of a centuries old sacred Japanese cherry tree, with a hand-coloured background.

The Summer edition of the Australian magazine Imprint features my article titled Memory Itself, with the image on the cover of the Bourse de Commerce circular pavilion designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The article investigates the process and story behind the works in the exhibition, with a focus on a series of four prints titled Telomere, which were produced at BORCH Editions in Copenhagen.

Imprint article: Printing Danishly

Melbourne, Australia

June 2021

I’m super pleased that my article ‘Printing Danishly’ was published in Imprint magazine, including the cover image by Julie Mehretu.

I wrote about Borch Editions, a print workshop in Copenhagen that publishes work by Tacita Dean, Julie Mehretu, Trine Søndergaard, Georg Baselitz, Olafur Eliasson and Mamma Andersson, among many others.

Here’s a link to the actual article

Nocturne, Arts Project Australia

Arts Project Australia, Melbourne

13 July – 17 August 2013


I was invited to curate an exhibition for Arts Project Australia, Melbourne, and it was a fantastic opportunity to work with some amazing people and inspiring art from Arts Project Australia and more broadly by artists from Melbourne and Sydney.

Titled Nocturne, the exhibition features the work of Fulli Andrinopoulos, Dionne Canzano, Alan Constable, Leo Cussen, Emily Ferretti, Peter Graham, Brent Harris, Kelvin Heffernan, Jess Johnson, Nhan Nguyen, Cameron Noble, Warren O’Brien, Caleb Shea, Jelena Telecki and Terry Williams.

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it is seeded as



Dionne Canzano, Not titled 2007, pastel 43.5 x 56 cm, Private Collection

Peter Graham, it is seeded in futility, it is imbedded in dry loam 2003, oil on linen, 80 x 60cm, Private Collection

Jelena Telecki, Nurse Smoking 2012, oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm, Image courtesy of the artist and Gallery9, Sydney.

The Devil had a Daughter

Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA
4 August – 1 October 2011

David Noonan, Untitled 1 2008
screen printed jute and linen collage
Michael Buxton Collection, Melbourne

The exhibition The Devil had a Daughter was curated by Kirrily Hammond and reflected an enduring fascination for allegorical, theatrical and macabre representations apparent throughout the history of printmaking. Drawing upon various forms of print-media such as architectural installations, the artist’s book, performative works, found print-media, as well as longer standing print traditions, The Devil had a Daughter opened up the definition of ‘printmaking’ towards an expanded understanding of the role and form of print-media in contemporary art.

Featuring the work of Jason Greig, Stuart Ringholt, Sally Smart, Dylan Martorell, Pat Brassington, Mike Parr, Tony Garifalakis, Petr Herel and David Noonan, the exhibition was timed to coincide with IMPACT 7, the International Multi-disciplinary Printmaking Conference to be held at Monash University from 27-30 September 2011.

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Sally Smart, In her nature (Performativities) 2011, installation view MUMA

Self-Conscious: Contemporary Portraiture

Switchback Gallery, Monash University Gippsland campus

18 May – 23 June 2011

Ronnie van Hout, Doom and gloom 2009 (detail) Painted plastic, clothing, painted fibreglass on polystyrene, modelling clay, synthetic hair., Monash University Collection

MUMA exhibition Self-Conscious: Contemporary Portraiture, allows us to dwell on one of the most fascinating subjects – ourselves. The act of self reflection, and the study of others, can be fraught, humorous and enlightening, whilst also revealing artistic processes and modes of philosophical address, laid bare in the work of art.

Featuring a range of works drawn from the Monash University Collection, this exhibition explores the many ways in which artists approach contemporary portraiture and represent different modes of identity. Artists include Fiona McMonagle, David Rosetzky, Mutlu Çerkez, Ronnie van Hout, Mike Parr, Matthew Griffin, Simryn Gill, James Lynch, Linda Marrinon and Eliza Hutchison.

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Matthew Griffin, still from Work for the dole 2008

Mira Gojak

Switchback Gallery, Monash University Gippsland Campus

14 April – 13 May 2010

Mira Gojak, From the outside to the outside 2009
epoxy paint on wire, steel and copper, Monash University Collection

The dynamic spiralling forms of Mira Gojak’s sculptures and drawings are poetic evocations of the creative process. In this Gippsland exhibition MUMA presents three distinct bodies of work by Mira Gojak drawn from the Monash University Collection.

Curated by Kirrily Hammond.

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Richard Lewer: Nobody Likes a Show Off

Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA

1 July – 5 September 2009

Richard Lewer, Final school map 2004
acrylic on map

Richard Lewer: Nobody likes a show off is a solo exhibition of work by Melbourne-based, New Zealand artist, Richard Lewer. It encompasses the scope of this artist’s practice, including painting, drawing, animation, installation and performance. Marked by a sceptical humour and a focus upon the darker sides of human behaviour, place and social identity, Lewer’s work involves close observation and highly subjective encounters with family, religious, sport and criminal subjects, leading to insightful and absurd narrative reflections on good and evil, life and mortality. Curated by Kirrily Hammond, this survey exhibition features keys works from public and private collections in Australia and New Zealand.

Richard Lewer, Pegboard confessions 2009
acrylic on pegboard

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Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art and Design, Monash University

10 Sept – 9 Oct 2008

Moya McKenna, Come and go 2005, still from Super 8 film

Revelling in the freedom of artistic invention, and drawing on a myriad of sources including literature, art history and the fantastic, the works in Fictions suspend our everyday realities, prompting contemplation of the nature of creativity and imagination. Curated by Kirrily Hammond, this exhibition features a wide range of works from the Monash University Collection and selected loans, including work by Andrea Blundell, Guy Benfield, Nadine Christensen, Peter Ellis, Julia Gorman, Gracia Haby, Gregory Harrison, Petr Herel, Philip Hunter, Louise Jennison, Matthew Johnson, Sarina Lirosi, Nick Mangan, Moya McKenna, James Morrison, David Noonan, Geoffrey Ricardo, Leah Schnaars, Nick Stephenson, Ruth Waller and Louise Weaver.

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Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art & Design, Monash University

17 May – 22 June 2006

Nicola Loder, Child 5, detail from the series, Child 1-175 1996, silver gelatin photographic print

Emerging from the Romantic and Symbolist traditions, the evocative and enigmatic works in Reverie present alternative realms where the imagination is allowed free reign.

Drawn together from the Monash University Collection, the works in this exhibition share an ambiguity of form and meaning that relies on the viewer’s intuition to decipher and interpret.

Charles Blackman, Lynne Boyd, Peter Graham, Graeme Hare, Siri Hayes, Louise Hearman, Nicola Loder, Rosslynd Piggott and Ronnie Van Hout

Kirrily Hammond

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15 Minutes of Fame


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 14 August – 5 December 2004

Roy Lichtenstein, Spray can 1963, catalogue cover, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2004

An exhibition that showcased the Pop print collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, 15 Minutes of Fame: 20 Years of Pop Prints featured the work of Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Jim Dine, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj, Roy Lichtenstein, Don Nice, Clæs Oldenburg, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Joe Tilson, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann.

Curator: Kirrily Hammond