Geraldine Barlow




Monash University Museum of Art, Australia


Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow is Senior Curator / Collection Manager at Monash University Museum of Art. Geraldine is of Irish, Maori and English descent, of the Ngapuhi iwi.

Her recent exhibitions include: Networks (cells & silos) connecting the visual representation of networks and the rapidly evolving field of network science, focus exhibitions with Claire Lambe and Gabriella and Silvana Mangano,  Too Much of Me: 7 Paths through the Absurd, exploring self-consciousness in the creative process; The Ecologies Project curated together with Dr Kyla McFarlane and featuring the works of 40 contemporary artists from Australia and New Zealand; Brook Andrew: Eye to eye a single artist survey which toured with Asialink; Before the body – matter, a view of works in the Monash University Collection exploring the substance and perception of the body and Ghosts of self and state, an exhibition interested in our constructions of self and state, the citizen and the body politic.

Geraldine has previously worked with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, the Melbourne International Biennial and Heide Museum of Modern Art. Geraldine’s writing has been published in journals, exhibition catalogues and artists’ monographs in Australia and internationally.



This paper is presented as part of a panel discussion, The Archive. For more details click here.


Between many archives


We exist at a kind of swing point, or hinge, between multiple models of the archive — on the one hand the tactile, classical archive of concrete documents and on the other the flickering data-stream of the digital. With a surge of connections being made between the archive and contemporary art, what weight and meaning does the idea of the archive bear in these times of change? Have social and technological developments shifted our approach to the construction of personal and public narratives? What range of strategies are artists employing in their use of archives, as well as in their questioning of the concept of the archive itself?



Friday 30 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm





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