Whisper in My Mask

The title for the 2014 TarraWarra Biennial is drawn from a jaunty 1981 Grace Jones song, Art Groupie. The song straddles 70s disco and 80s synth pop, and its odd, haunting lyrics are somehow lost in Jones’ staccato diction. Whisper in My Mask leaves the pop sensibility behind, and we are left with Jones’ lyrics: like them, the exhibition is dark, mysterious, threatening, probing and intimate.

The Biennial is the signature exhibition for the TarraWarra Museum of Art, a privately funded public museum opened in 2003 and nestled in the Yarra Valley. The Biennial has been running since 2006, and is presented not as a survey but rather a particular reading of contemporary practice, with artists brought together to create new connections and dialogue within the landscape of contemporary Australian art.

Curators Natalie King and Djon Mundine have selected a range of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists working mainly in photography, installation, sculpture and video.

Showcasing work by sixteen artists and artist groups, Whisper in My Mask is a powerful compilation that weaves a complex tale of identity, perception, concealment and discovery. Notions of repressed or forgotten histories, power and corruption, reflection and protection are woven throughout this collection of works that is in turns political, personal, solemn and playful. Never mind what Grace Jones says, this show will have resonance for more than just the art groupies.
Boat People
Daniel Boyd
Soren Dahlgaard
Destiny Decon and Virginia Fraser
Karla Dickens
Fiona Foley
Tony Garifalakis
Fiona Hall
Sandra Hill
Garbriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano
Romaine Moreton
Nasim Nasr
Polixeni Papapetrou
Elizabeth Pedler
Sangeeta Sandrasegar
Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Telepathy Project

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