‘TarraWarra Biennial 2021: Slow Moving Waters’, TarraWarra Museum of Art, open till 11 July 2021
Buxton Contemporary Collection artists Daniel Crooks and Raquel Ormella have each been commissioned to create new work for the TarraWarra Biennial 2021: Slow Moving Waters.
Curated by Nina Miall, the exhibition responds to two related cues: the idea of slowness, and the gentle, measured flow of the nearby Birrarung (Yarra River). The exhibition’s title comes from the translation of the local Woiwurrung word ‘tarrawarra’, after which the Museum, and its surrounding area of Wurundjeri Country in the Yarra Valley are named.
Aligned with the unhurried arc of the river, Slow Moving Waters explores processes of deceleration, delay and the decompression of time, proposing a stay to the ever more rapid flows of people, commerce and information that characterise the dynamic of globalisation. Against today’s cult of speed, the artworks in the Biennial mark a different sort of time—one which connects with the vastness and intricacy of geological and cosmological cycles, seasonal rhythms, interconnected ecologies, and ancient knowledge systems.
The exhibition develops from the idea that between the acceleration of our current age and the impossibility of stopping altogether is a temporal space of possibility and resistance: slowing down. Through works which unfold conceptually, spatially, materially and temporally over the course of the exhibition, it seeks to heighten our awareness to the overlooked subtleties of the present.
Image: Daniel Crooks, Object #8 (Pause and Turn), 2021. Plywood and stainless steel. 401 x 105 x 94 cm. Installation view, ‘TarraWarra Biennial 2021: Slow Moving Waters’, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2021. Photo: Andrew Curtis.
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