Exploring how comedy and absurdity can be used to reveal more serious concerns about race, work, gender and politics, The humours brings together six international and Australian artists in a challenging and comical exhibition. Presented in association with the 2017 Melbourne Festival, the exhibition is curated by Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) Senior Curator Hannah Mathews. This exhibition of new commissions and recent works pays particular attention to the roles physicality and language play in unsettling preconceptions through comedy. The humours includes moving image, photographic, installation and performance works.
Mika Rottenberg’s video installation Squeeze mixes grinding industrial machinery and claustrophobic architectural constructions in a depiction of factory work that probes the feminisation of globalised labour. Squeeze splices together documentary footage from a rubber plant in India and a lettuce farm in Arizona with Rottenberg’s own narrative of women in an absurdist makeup factory. The results are “sinister and hilarious”, in the estimation of a New York Times’ reviewer.
Opening : 7 October 2017, 3-5pm
To be opened by Sami Shah, multi-award winning writer and comedian
Artists : Gabriel Abrantes (PRT), Barbara Cleveland (AUS), Matthew Griffin (AUS), Glenn Ligon (USA), Mary Reid Kelley (USA), Mika Rottenberg (ARG).