A major mid-career survey of the cinematic video works of Australian artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, titled Architecture Makes Us, is opening at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Fitzroy, Melbourne on 27 July.
Architecture Makes Us brings together six major video works by the collaborative duo, exploring “craggy geographies, territorialisation, surveillance, exhausted systems and future philosophies.”
The “architecture” of the exhibition’s title refers not just to the architecture of buildings but also points towards “the architecture of our world in the broadest sense, examining structures both physical and invisible.”
Leber and Chesworth have been collaborating since 1996. There work has been shown at international exhibitions including the 56th Biennale of Venice (2015), the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); and a parallel exhibition as part of the 5th Moscow Biennale (2013).
Their latest exhibition will feature a new eight-channel video work, Geography Becomes Territory Becomes (2018), was developed during an Australia Council for the Arts residency in Helsinki.
The work features the eighteenth-century island fortress of Suomenlinna in Finland and explores how the architecture of the fortress radically transforms the natural world through the territorialisation of land.
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