Shelley Lasica: WHEN I AM NOT THERE (Monash University Museum of Art) (Paperback)
The work of Shelley Lasica reveals a sustained exploration of dance, movement, and the varying contexts in which they can occur. WHEN I AM NOT THERE has been produced to accompany a performance exhibition reflecting on forty years of Lasica’s choreographic practice. Held at Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (15–27 August 2022), WHEN I AM NOT THERE is the first Australian survey of its kind. Centring on a new ensemble work that Melbourne-based Lasica has developed with a team of ten other artists—Lydia Connolly-Hiatt, Luke Fryer, Timothy Harvey, Rebecca Jensen, Megan Payne, Lisa Radford, Lana Šprajcer, Oliver Savariego, François Tétaz, and Colby Vexler—it also presents components from Lasica’s archive of earlier works, including costuming, objects, soundscapes, and text. Consolidating ideas and experiments that Lasica has developed throughout her career, WHEN I AM NOT THERE contributes to discussions around choreography in the gallery space and activates the tension between what it means ‘to perform’ and ‘to exhibit.’ Edited by the project’s curator, Hannah Mathews, in conversation with Lasica, this monograph is the first to be published on an Australian choreographer.
Hannah Mathews is Senior Curator at Monash University Museum of Art, where her recent projects include Vivienne Binns: On and through the Surface (2022), Dale Harding: Through a Lens of Visitation (2021), Agatha Gothe-Snape: The Outcome Is Certain (2020), and Shapes of Knowledge (2019). Mathews has held curatorial positions at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; Next Wave Festival, Melbourne; and the Biennale of Sydney. She has edited many publications and is currently a chief investigator on the ARC Linkage Grant Precarious Movements.