Nicholas Mangan, Matter over mined, 2012
C-print on cotton paper 69 x 103cm
An exhibition of works by MADA lecturer Nicholas Mangan presented in partnership between MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art) and IMA (Institute of Modern Art), Brisbane. Curated by Charlotte Day.
Exhibition: 2 June – 13 August 2017
Opening: Thursday 1 June
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Nicholas Mangan is a Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist known for interrogating narratives connected to a diverse range of objects. With a keen interest in dissecting processes of forming meaning from objects, culture and natural phenomena, Mangan creates videos, montages, sculptures and installations that disrupt established systems of knowledge. His work addresses a wide range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity's fraught relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy.
This exhibition features a series of four major works created over the past five years alongside a new commission, which pursues Mangan's interest in mining and Pacific Island histories by investigating currency value and the future of digital currencies such as Bitcoin. Also featuring in the exhibition is Ancient Lights 2015, which continues Mangan's investigations into the relationship between energy and social transformation. This was presented at Chisenhale Gallery, London, Mangan's first solo exhibition in the UK and comprises two films, presented within a specially conceived installation powered entirely by an on-site solar panel system.