Minifie van Schaik Architects
MvS Architects
We used to talk about love

We used to talk about love at AGNSW
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Balnaves contemporary: photomedia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
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A re-design of the Franco and Amina Belgiorno-nettis and Family Contemporary Galleries in colaboration with curator Natasha Bullock creates a conceptual frame through which to perceive the works.

For the first time since they were opened in 1988 the galleries have been architecturally reconsidered. The collaboration has enabled the curatorial spread and the architecture to provide a journey prompting a new reading of these artworks.

This new journey is manifest through a series of interlinked rooms and corridors with new walls soaring high into the gallery's coffered ceilings while compressed spaces are relieved by glimpses into other spaces.

This intimate viewing experience takes visitors on a spatial and emotional journey from Polly Borland's playfully dressed-up bodies, replete with sexual suggestion, to Tim Silver's disintegrating sculpture of a stargazing young man, this exhibition considers the variegated terrain of love's language – joy, elation, desire, eroticism, longing, loss, melancholia and memory.

The exhibition includes photomedia, video, collage, sculpture and installation with works by Polly Borland, Eliza Hutchison, Paul Knight, Angelica Mesiti, David Noonan, David Rosetzky, Darren Sylvester, Tim Silver, Glenn Sloggett, Grant Stevens and Justene Williams.

Photographs by Christopher Snee.