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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.

Download installation images here

Matthew Griffin, still from Work for the dole 2008