Event Marianna Simnett & Sancintya Mohini Simpson

Marianna Simnett & Sancintya Mohini Simpson

Double Exhibition Opening

22 February 2020

Join us for the opening of two new exhibitions.

Marianna Simnett’s Creature brings together three of her most important works for her first exhibition in Australia. Simnett gained global attention for her visceral, theatrical video works, which draw upon conventions of storytelling and folklore to explore the body as a site of transition. Often featuring the artist performing alongside a cast of non-actors, her works speak to the relationships we develop with our bodies—shifting between control and violence, phobia and dysmorphia—as they undergo intervention and transformation. Hear from the artist in conversation with IMA Director Liz Nowell at 5pm.

Sancintya Mohini Simpson’s exhibition Kūlī Nām Dharāyā / They’ve Given You the Name ‘Coolie’ in the IMA Belltower evokes the lived experiences of indentured labourers taken from India to Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) to work on sugar plantations during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Continuing to trace her familial history, Simpson creates a new archive that speaks to shared narratives of indentured labour.

The exhibitions will open with a Welcome to Country with Songwoman Maroochy at 4.15pm.

  • Partner:

    IMA Belltower at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and the IMA are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Marianna Simnett 'Blood In My Milk' 2018.

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Related Exhibition

Marianna Simnett


22 Feb–22 Aug 2020

Sancintya Mohini Simpson

Kūlī Nām Dharāyā / They’ve Given You the Name ‘Coolie’

22 Feb–25 Jul 2020

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The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.