This exhibition brings together a selection of new and recent work by one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists,
Raquel Ormella. The survey will include work from a wide variety of media, and particularly draw on her experimental textile works. The exhibition explores key themes that Ormella has consistently developed in her work: social and environmental activism; human and animal relationships; nationalism and national identity. These recurrent interests are brought together
by a consistent engagement with the artist’s voice. Rather than being the site of authority, Ormella’s voice simultaneously expresses an aspiration for connection, while remaining uncertain about whether the communication will work.
Raquel Ormella is one of Australia’s leading mid-career artists whose work has been included in many significant exhibitions as well as in Australian and international biennales. Group exhibitions include Material Politics, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2017); The National,
New Australian Art, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (2017); Dissenting Voices, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (2016-17); Artist Making Movement, Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2015); See you at the barricades, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2015); More love hours: contemporary artists and craft, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2015); Basil Sellers Prize,
Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2014); CaliforniaPacific Triennial, Los Angeles (2013); Social networking, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012); 1st Aichi Triennial, Art and Cities, Nagoya, Japan (2010); Revolutions-Forms That Turn, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (2008). Solo exhibitions include: Southern economies, ART+CLIMATE+CHANGE festival LAB-14, University of Melbourne (2017), Conversations in black & white, Future feminist archive, Cross Art Projects, Sydney (2016 ) Feeders, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, ACT (2012) 130 Davey Street and walking through clear fells, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart (2011) She went that way, Artspace, Sydney (2009). Ormella has participated in the One Year Studio program at Artspace, Sydney (2016). In 2015 Ormella completed a PhD in Visual Arts
at the Australia National University, Canberra where she is a lecturer in the Painting Workshop. Ormella is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
A NETS Victoria and Shepparton Art Museum touring exhibition.This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program as well as receiving development assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
EXHIBITION CATALOGUE available from the SAM Shop, or online via NETS Victoria featuring commissioned texts by Rebecca Coates, Kyla McFarlane and Reuben Keehan.
I HOPE YOU GET THIS: RAQUEL ORMELLA
Two-year national tour 26/5/ 2018 – 2/2/2020
VENUES: Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria; Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Victoria; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Launceston, Tasmania; Drill Hall Gallery,
Australian National University, Canberra; Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland; Penrith Regional Gallery and the
Lewers Bequest, New South Wales.
ARTIST: RAQUEL ORMELLA
CURATORS: Rebecca Coates and Anna Briers