Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Family Mould begins next week

The Gardener by Ilona Nelson

The next exhibition at Town Hall Gallery begins on Wednesday 8 July and runs until Sunday 2 August 2009.

The Family Mould continues photographer Ilona Nelson's current exploration of self identity. Prompted by the birth of her first child, Nelson uses her artistic practice to focus on her family history, demonstrating that the deeply personal is in many cases the universal. Her selectively hand coloured photographs reinterpret images from her family album by re-photographing them in a contemporary context.

The exhibition also incorporates a short film focusing on times and places that have been significant in the artist’s personal growth. This new work of Nelson's invites the audience to examine how their own family experiences have shaped both their lives and themselves. In The Family Mould, Nelson offers her audience a fascinating exploration of the parallels and contrasts between the present day and that of previous generations. She presents us with the idea that, underneath the lace and finery, we are not so different to those who came before.

Associated with the exhibition are the following public programs:

Searching Your Family History
Wednesday 15th July 11am

Find out where to start searching your family history with this informative program produced by City of Boroondara Library Services. An introduction to The Family Mould exhibition by Curator Mardi Nowak is also included.

In Conversation
Saturday 18th July 2pm

Join artist Ilona Nelson and Curator, Mardi Nowak to discuss how family history led to the exploration of identity in the exhibition, The Family Mould.
You can see more on Ilona Nelson by visiting her website:
We will see you soon!

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