Carmel Wallace, Lacy Bryozoan on fishing line (detail), photograph


A group exhibition as part of the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival

Chloe Bensahel - Carolyn Cardinet - Tim Craker - Carmel Wallace

04 April to 02 May 2019

Official Opening: Saturday 6 April 2019, 3:30pm to 5pm


Alliance Francaise de Melbourne
51 Grey Street, St Kilda, 3182

BLEACHED is an exhibition composed of four large installation works created by four individual artists, to represent the degradation of coral reefs using man-made materials. Spread across two exhibition spaces at the Alliance Française, these installations will explore the tragic coral bleaching that is occurring as a result of global warming – each with their own take on the issue. Chloe Bensahel’s work “The Only Thing I Know For Sure Is That I Don’t Know” is a four-panelled work made up of nets that mimic those often lost at sea. Carolyn Cardinet’s work will use and manipulate single-use plastic packaging to create ocean inspired sculptures. Carmel Wallace will make use of discarded prescription optical lenses, while Tim Craker will create sculptures from second-hand crockery. The exhibition will stimulate meditation upon the fate of our coral reefs, oceans and marine life… and by extension, of course, humanity’s own fate.

Performance 'The colour of Death: White' followed by a Screening of award-winning documentary Murder on the Reef and a Q&A

Tuesday 30 April
6pm performance (15mins)
6:30pm screening (51mins)                                                
7:30pm Talk & Q&A
Free admission

The Colour of Death: White
The Colour of Death: White, is a collaboration between Gabrielle Leah New and Carolyn Cardinet and uses recycled plastic sculptural costume, photography, video performance and Butoh Dance Theatre to investigate coral bleaching.
For more information about the artist, click here

Murder on the Reef

For the past 4 years, scientist Dr Allen Dobrovolsky has been testing the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Concerned with the degradation in water quality, his research has led him to believe that the reef could be facing an environmental disaster of enormous proportions. As Allen has been collecting data along the coast of the Great Barrier Reef, he has talked with residents, scientists, community activists and politicians about the hotly debated state of the Reef. The main voices in the documentary come from the top coral and marine research scientists in Australia, along with locals, activists, politicians and indigenous leaders, who are all concerned about the poor outlook for the reef due to the multiple port developments along the coast line that are contributing to its poor health. The story focuses on the fight that has been happening on land around governance of the reef's health.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with:

Carolyn Cardinet, artist and Q&A moderator  
As an artist, Carolyn has developed an extensive body of work that reflects on sustainability and ecological value in our society.

Jeff Shimeta, PhD, Associate Professor School of Science, RMIT University
Jeff is working on coral research at RMIT university and takes his Masters students each year to Lizard island research foundation This year Jeff returns from a trip to Fiji to study a preserved local coral area in February.

Neil Blake, OAM, is the award-winning Port Phillip Baykeeper
Neil is working to keep the Bay in good health today and for future generations, by combining projects of practical action, advocacy and education from the St Kilda eco-centre.

Adam Mehegan, South Melbourne Market Operations Coordinator
Adam instigates and implements sustainability practices at the Market. From recycling oyster and mussel shells back into the bay to build new shellfish reefs, to banning plastic bags and straws, and processing our organic waste into fertiliser, etc.

Chloe Bensahel - The only thing I know for sure is that I don't know

           Gabrielle Leah New, The Colour of Death: White

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 is a socially-engaged festival of climate change related arts and ideas featuring curated exhibitions and theatre works alongside a series of keynote lectures, events and public forums featuring local and international guests.

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