something else is alive: sydney and the animal instinct

Customs House, Sydney | 17 August 2017 - February 2018
Curators: Holly Williams & Glenn Barkley

  Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Breadface, 2016, ceramic, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

 

Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Breadface, 2016, ceramic, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

 

About the exhibition:

Something Else is Alive: Sydney and the Animal Instinct approaches the idea of animals in the city in various ways from the humorous to the creepy, from the symbolically sacred to the secular.

The exhibition investigates everything from the difference between Indian myna and noisy miner birds, to what the horses of the NSW Mounted Police get up to when they’re not fighting crime. Showcasing the dog’s eye view of Bailey Haggarty - rescue dog and Assistant Director of Seagulls at the Australian National Maritime Museum; dramatic footage of a Peregrine Falcon preying on a pigeon on a ledge of the Westpac building; Il Porcellino, Sydney’s wild boar with his lucky snout; fascinating 19th century letters of complaint received by the Lord Mayor, and much more.

Something Else is Alive: Sydney and the Animal Instinct will feature objects drawn from the City of Sydney collection and archives alongside artworks by four Sydney-based artists: Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Blak Douglas, Mylyn Nguyen and Garry Trinh.

Curated by The Curators' Department and produced by the City of Sydney, Customs House.

Participating artists: Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Blak Douglas, Mylyn Nguyen & Garry Trinh.