The Past is Singing in our Teeth (The Ghosts of Material Things)
Friday 2nd - 18th March 2018
(Fri, Sat, Sun 12-6pm)
Preview: Thursday 1st March 6-9pm
The Past is Singing in our Teeth extends the notion that artworks, objects and even smells can serve as an umbilical cord back in time, thus functioning as an intermediary into the past. In this case, a fictional past reinvented in the absence of women’s histories. The final work will manifest as a film based installation, incorporating projected films, photography, sound, performance and sculpture.
Using methodologies of collage The Past is Singing in our Teeth is an ambitious work that will attempt to reconstruct a labyrinth of lost things. Like a conjuring or a haunting, it seeks to draw a line around the things that sit at the periphery of our vision. In particular, it imagines a lost archive of women’s knowledges, a remembrance of which is triggered through the recovery of sacred objects and landscapes. The production of the work has been partially funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and an International Development Grant from the Arts Council England and the British Council. It will debut in Berlin in late 2017 in partnership with Momentum: Global Platform for Time Based Art at the Kunstquartier Bethanian.
Sound in collaboration with Cat Hope and performed by Louise Devenish.
She has resided on the Board of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) based in Sydney and has worked as a Peer and an Advisor for the Australia Council for the Arts. Her PhD (2014) explored the capacity for Contemporary Art to unforget colonial histories. McMillan is a part-time Teaching Fellow at King's College, London where she lectures on the Masters Program in the Department for Culture, Media and Creative Industries. She is also an External Examiner for Brighton University, UK and has guest lectured at The Ruskin, Oxford University. Her PhD is currently being developed into a book called 'Contemporary Art & Unforgetting: Methodologies of Making in Post-settler Landscapes', published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. She is also undertaking research into gender equality in the contemporary art world, which will also be published in 2018.
Her work is held in private collections around the world, as well as in the Christoph Merian Collection, Basel; Soho House Collection, London; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Wesfarmers Arts Collection; KPMG; Murdoch University, Australia; University of Western Australia and Curtin University, Australia.