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Talks : Brook Andrew

Thursday, 2 August, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Federation Hall, Victorian College of the Arts, Grant Street, 5/7-17 Grant St, Southbank

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Daring and provocative, Melbourne-based artist and Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, Brook Andrew will discuss his practice and research in an intimate conversation with Nikos Papastergiadis, Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures, University of Melbourne.


Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist who examines dominant narratives, often relating to colonialism and modernist histories. Through museum and archival interventions, he aims to offer alternate versions of forgotten histories; illustrating different means for interpreting history in the world today. Apart from drawing inspiration from vernacular objects and the archive he travels internationally to work with communities and various private and public collections to tease out new interpretations.


Nikos Papastergiadis is the Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures, based at The University of Melbourne. He is a Professor in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne and founder – with Scott McQuire – of the Spatial Aesthetics research cluster. He is Project Leader of the Australian Research Council Linkage Project, ‘Large Screens and the Transnational Public Sphere’, and Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project ‘Public Screens and the Transformation of Public Space’.

Talks is presented in association with The University of Melbourne, Learning Partner of Melbourne Art Week.



Brook Andrew, Ahy-kon-uh-klas-tik, 2017. Part of the research program Deviant Practice. Installation view Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Brook Andrew is represented by Tolarno Galleries Melbourne; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney; and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.