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Boundless Volumes

Hossein Valamanesh artwork
Hossein Valamanesh, Cover Story 1 (detail), 2017, courtesy of the artist

30 November 2017 to 11 February 2018

Entry: free
Location: Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area (level 1)

Advances in technology have fundamentally changed the way we access and deliver information. Today the official records of Parliament are rarely printed and bound, instead they are viewed and stored as electronic entities.

Excess leather bound volumes of parliamentary proceedings have provided an opportunity for the Parliament House Art Collection to engage with artists to create new artworks that reinterpret, reuse and recycle these incredibly evocative objects that span almost 120 years of Australian political history. Inspired by these objects, artists have responded by creating artworks that engage with the materiality of the books as well as the social, cultural and political issues within their pages.

Artists: Michael Eather, Simryn Gill, Katherine Hattam, Pam Langdon, Archie Moore, Elvis Richardson, Kylie Stillman, Imants Tillers and Hossein Valamanesh.

Kylie Stillman artwork                                      Katherine Hattam artwork
left: Kylie Stillman, Banksia, 2017, courtesy of the artist and Utopia Art Sydney
right: Katherine Hattam, The Hansard Suite #1, 2017, courtesy of the artist, Daine Singer Melbourne and Art House Gallery Sydney, photo by Clare Rae