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Room for Charlotte Salomon: a site specific installation by Miriam Salomon10:00am, 27 October 2012 to 5:00pm, 9 December 2012
Room for Charlotte Salomon: A site-specific installation by Miriam Salomon
Lismore Regional Gallery: Upstairs Gallery October 27 – December 9 2012 Gallery hours: Tues – Fri, 10 am – 4pm, Thurs: 10 am – 6pm, Sat & Sun: 10 am – 2pm
"Miriam Salomon was the 2011 winner of the Lismore Regional Gallery Graduate Award. This award consists of an exhibition at Lismore Regional Gallery and includes a catalogue with an academic essay to provide a legacy of the exhibition. The ultimate outcome of the Award is that the artist acquires tools they can then use to promote their work and seek future opportunities.” Brett Adlington, Director, Lismore Regional Gallery
The award is offered annually to a graduating visual arts student from Southern Cross University. This opportunity to exhibit is aimed at facilitating students to negotiate the difficult transition from visual art student to being practicing artist. Miriam Salomon will be exhibiting her multimedia installation: Room for Charlotte Salomon. The exhibition is a moving tribute to a Jewish German artist who was murdered upon arrival at Auschwitz when she was 26 years old. It is a reflection of Charlotte Salomon’s final years of life.
The installation includes a projection, an existing piece of music, and objects which allude to Salomon’s last years, when she worked restlessly to complete her work Life? Or Theatre?. Every object that Miriam includes has symbolic significance to the narrative she evokes. The projected image is a loose re-enactment of the last painting in Life? or Theatre?.
Miriam says “The name [of the exhibition] can also be read as a wish for a place or 'room' to be made in the histories of art for this much neglected modern artist, a cause championed amongst others by the art historian Griselda Pollock, through whose writings I first became aware of Charlotte Salomon.”
Through meticulous research on one hand, and open evocations on the other, Miriam has created a work that honours and imagines the psychological space of another artist from another era. The lives of Charlotte and Miriam are separated by time and immediate circumstances but there are numerous crossovers in the two women’s stories. Beyond the immediate link of their shared names and European Jewish ancestry (Miriam grew up aware of her grandfather's parents and younger brother having been murdered by the Nazis), Miriam's empathy for Charlotte stems from the unlikely coincidence of having taken voice lessons as a child in Uruguay taught by disciples of Alfred Wolfsohn. Wolfsohn was Charlotte's mentor and great love. A large part of Life? or Theatre? deals with his theories and philosophy.
Venue: Lismore Regional Gallery Admission: Free Telephone: (02) 66222209