Agatha Gothe - Snape, Trailer for EVERY ACT OF READING PERFORMS THE WORK , 2018 – 19 (composite video still). Image courtesy of the artist and The Commercial, Sydney

In an ever-evolving cultural landscape, artist Agatha Gothe-Snape seeks to understand the world in powerful and nuanced ways. Her work addresses the fluid nature of how we read and understand contemporary art and culture.

In the first large-scale exhibition to survey the artist's work, Sydney-based Agatha Gothe-Snape will exhibit her work at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), from the 8 February – 9 April 2020.

The exhibition will bring together works from 2008 to the present day, including wall drawings, PowerPoints, sculpture, video, augmented sonic reality, works on paper and collaborations with her close circle of artist-peers. Two major new artworks will feature in the exhibition alongside works pivotal in Gothe-Snape’s practice to date.

Gothe-Snape and MUMA’s Senior Curator, Hannah Mathews, have a long working relationship established over ten years.

They will draw on long-term conversations to present an exhibition that navigates the various threads that pass through Gothe-Snape’s practice, including architecture and its metaphors; digital technology and its ability to capture and erase; the western art canon and its contention; the gendering of form and voice; the temporal and material perspectives of performance and its echoes; and the importance of observation, improvisation and collaboration.

Left: Installation view of Agatha Gothe-Snape & Wrong Solo: Certain Situations (Photograph: Louis Lim) RIght: Installation view of Art Gallery of New South Wales,Making Art Public (Photograph: Jenni Carter)

With a minimalist aesthetic, underpinned by an attention to audience and embodied space, Gothe-Snape is able to bring the notion of simplicity to some of the most complex and ambiguous ideas.

‘As is evident in this exhibition and the accompanying publication, Gothe-Snape is a creative force to be reckoned with. She has an insatiable curiosity and dedication to experimenting. Ever present, and always doing’, says Charlotte Day, Director, MUMA.

At Monash University’s Caulfield Campus, Gothe-Snape’s 2015 permanent public artwork, The Scheme Was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs, commissioned by MUMA, was developed by Gothe-Snape in conversation with various members of the University faculties.

An Australian artist, Agatha Gothe-Snape has achieved significant recognition and acclaim exhibiting both in Australia and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth (2019), the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2019), Frieze, London (2017) and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2017).

Agatha Gothe - Snape, Rhetorical Chorus (2017) performance, choral and choreographic performance score and PowerPoint projection. Performed at Carriageworks, LIVEWORKS 2017, Sydney. Document Photography. (Photo courtesy of the artist and The Commercial, Sydney)

This exhibition continues MUMA’s Annual Survey Exhibition Series that presents the practices of Australia’s most exciting and innovative mid-career artists.

Agatha Gothe-Snape: The Outcome is Certain will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication which will contain rarely seen drawings, notations and scores revealing processes behind the artist’s individual and collaborative major works.

Don't miss out on this unique exhibition - Agatha Gothe-Snape: The Outcome is Certain on till this April!


Dates: 8 February – 9 April 2020

Location: Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Ground Floor, Building F, Monash University, Caulfield Campus, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East

Times: Tuesday - Friday; 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday; 12 pm – 5 pm

Cost: Free

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