Frances Barrett: Meatus is an exhibition project led by artist Frances Barrett in collaboration with artists Nina Buchanan, Debris Facility Pty Ltd., Hayley Forward, Brian Fuata, Del Lumanta and Sione Teumohenga. In developing the exhibition Barrett drew on her background in performance, curation and collaborative models of art making.
The exhibition presents four new sonic compositions and a series of interventions and live performances by multiple artists and features a major new sound installation in ACCA’s largest gallery space. The exhibition title Meatus refers to an opening or passage leading to the interior of the body; ear canals, oral cavities and nostrils are all examples of meatus that passage through the body and into each other. For this project the artist has conceived ACCA’s galleries as an enormous form of meatus for the audience to enter; a passage through which to experience an immersive and sensory exhibition of sound, light and colour.
Frances Barrett: Meatus was supported by Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship, a unique suite of three fellowships awarded to female-identifying Australian artists working at the nexus of performance and installation to present ambitious new commissions. Named in memory of the Italian-born Australian artist Katthy Cavaliere (1972-2012), the fellowship was made possible with funds from the Estate of Katthy Cavaliere in partnership with Carriageworks, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).
Commissioning Curator: Annika Kristensen
How to use this kit:
This exhibition kit has been written by ACCA Education to support learning alongside ACCA Open. Three artworks from the exhibition have been highlighted, with discussion questions to prompt thinking with students. Primary and Secondary activities are mapped to the Victorian and Australian Curriculum, and can be found in the For Teachers section. VCE students and teachers can view the Support Material section for further reading, video and audio interviews.