Occupying a liminal place somewhere between nightmare, memory and imagination, Unhoused tranforms the experience of visiting the normally staid Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts collection. The lights are low, the usually carefully ordered displays have been unsettled, and surprising objects have been unearthed from the depths of the archival collections. A sense of disturbance and mystery everywhere pervades the Museum’s darkened rooms.
This site-specific intervention is the work of five Tasmanian artists who have engaged with lesser-known items held in the Allport collection. Each artist has chosen to focus on a particular historic figure, artefact, or its absence and has responded using sculpture, video, performance, furniture and collage.
The work is installed in the main gallery, amongst the museum displays and in the Library, offering alternative and surprising ways of understanding one of the most historically significant collections in Hobart.
The exhibition will also feature a unique, marathon reading event where, with the help of a community of women-only readers, Brigita Ozolins will read aloud from Australia’s extremely rare second novel, Woman’s Love by Mary Grimstone on Friday 17 June from 12:00 – 8:00 pm.