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DESTINY - The art of Destiny Deacon

 

From 5 May 2022 - 2 September 2022

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm – 4 rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris
Free entrance upon presentation of a valid ID

 

This focused Retrospective exhibition covers 30 year’s of Destiny Deacon’s career as a contemporary artist, for the first time to a French audience. Collaborating often with her late partner and long-time collaborator, Virginia Fraser, Deacon offers a nuanced, thoughtful, and at times intensely funny snapshot of contemporary Australian life. Working across media, this retrospective exhibition includes photography, video, sculpture and installation.

Early video works appear amongst the photographic prints, offering a unique insight into Deacon’s darkly comical, idiosyncratic world view. By contrasting seemingly innocent childhood imagery with scenes taken from the darkest reaches of adulthood, Destiny Deacon transports people into an uncanny valley; a chaotic world where disgraced dollies play out sinister scenes for audience amusement. This presentation also features number of new works, revisits the world premiere of a two new series of work by both Deacon and Fraser.

 

EUREKA! - Scientific Australia

From 3 March 2022 - 30 June 2022

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm – 4 rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris
Free entrance upon presentation of a valid ID

 

Science, technology and innovation increase our prosperity, expand our knowledge, and develop new solutions to address emerging global challenges. Across Australia, governments, businesses and researchers are working together, and with international partners such as France, to grow our capabilities.

This free exhibition at the Australian Embassy showcases exciting technology projects in Australia in three areas related to the environment and our universe:

  • development and commercialisation of low emissions technologies,
  • protecting the Great Barrier Reef, and
  • astronomy.

 

Previously

PIINPI - Contemporary Australian Indigenous Fashion

From 31 January 2022 - 22 April 2022

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm – 4 rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris
Free entrance upon presentation of a valid ID

Created by the Bendigo Art Gallery, the exhibition Piinpi: Contemporary Australian Indigenous Fashion will shine a light on Australia’s leading First Nations creatives, and a design movement that is fast becoming a national fashion phenomenon.

Featuring the work of Indigenous artists and designers from the urban centres to remote communities, Piinpi will highlight the power and diversity of the rapidly growing Indigenous fashion and textile industry.

What is Piinpi?

Piinpi is an expression that Kanichi Thampanyu (First Nations people from the East Cape York Peninsula) use to describe changes in the landscape across time and space. For First Nations people across Australia, knowledge of the land and seasons is culturally important. While the number of seasons can vary across First Nations groups around Australia, the exhibition is themed around four widely recognised seasons: Season of Fire and Burn, Season of Rain, Season of Flowers, and Season of Cool Winds.

‘Piinpi’ is coming to Paris as part of Australia now France 2021-2022, for display at the Australian Embassy in France and at the Observatory in the BHV-Marais exhibition space as part of the Australian takeover of the store (29 January – 27 February 2022).

Virtual tour

Explore the exhibition Piinpi : Contemporary Australian Indigenous Fashion remotely with our virtual tour, available here: PIINPI.

BLEACHED GOTHIC - Petrina Hicks

From 24 June to 24 September 2021

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm – 4 rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris
Free entrance upon presentation of a valid ID

Photo : Shenae and Jade 2005 from the Untitled series 2005, pigment inkjet print

Petrina Hicks: Bleached Gothic, presented by the National Gallery of Victoria,  is the first monographic exhibition by Australian photographer Petrina Hicks in Europe, featuring works created between 2003 and 2019. Hicks’s shimmering, enigmatic and surreal compositions convey the inherent ambiguity and complexity of the female experience. At a time when issues of gender and representation are more culturally relevant than ever before, Hicks’s photographs interrogate the cultural and visual representation of women and children in contemporary society and throughout history.

LONGITUDE/LATITUDE/SOLITUDE - Andrew Vukosav

From 24 June to 24 September 2021

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm – 4 rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris
Free entrance upon presentation of a valid ID

                 

This exhibition features an impressive series of aerial photographs of the Australian landscape by the photographer and pilot Andrew Vukosav. The imagescapture the immense diversity, beauty and surprising strangeness of Australia seen from the air. Every photograph is remarkable in its elaborate detail and beautiful patterns of vegetation, rock formations, flowing water and animal tracks. With this project, Vukosav sought a different photographic experience than simply holding a camera in the cockpit windows.

JARRACHARRA: dry season winds

From 4 October to 10January 2020 

Jarracharra: dry season wind showcases a powerful collection of Aboriginal women’s textile art from the Bábbarra Women’s Centre in Arnhem Land (Northern Territoriy, Australia), one of the most remote art centres in the world. The exhibition features women depicting ancient narratives using contemporary mediums.  Walking through the exhibition, you feel like you are travelling across the ancestral lands of Northern Australia.

 

NGALA WONGGA - Cultural significance of languages in the Goldfields

From 30 January to 6 September 2019

Photos: Andrew McLeish

 

W A L L     P O W E R - Contemporary Australian Photography

From 18 June to 12 November 2018

WALL POWER: Contemporary Australian Photography features the work of twenty-two leading Australian photographers, each exploring the myths and legends surrounding Australia’s unique light, landscape and history. The exhibition includes multiple seminal works by Australia’s best-known contemporary photographers including Tracey Moffatt, Bill Henson and Christian Thompson. 

The exhibition covers a broad spectrum of practical and conceptual approaches to photography, all casting light on the Australian national identity, rich in complexities and conflicts. At the core of WALL POWER lies the photographic image and the immediacy and power of the medium.

 

William Robinson's exhibition 'Genesis'

From 29 January to 20 April 2018

Robinson is recognised as one of Australia’s most important contemporary landscape painters, celebrated in particular for his original and powerful approaches to depicting the Australian environment through a multidimensional viewpoint. For over five decades he has produced works of great originality and vision that have informed a new vernacular of the Australian landscape.

 

Christian Thompson's exhibition "Hear the Rattles"

January 2017

Photo : Simon Patching

Dr CHRISTIAN THOMPSON is an Australian born, London based contemporary artist whose work explores notions of identity, cultural hybridity & history. In much of Christian Thompson’s work he engages with the process of auto ethnography. Merging a nuanced dream world and his autobiography, he draws out images that connect his own personal experience to wider social, political, cultural meanings and understandings