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Exhibition Tour: How the earth will approach you

29 June 2024
3.00pm – 3.45pm AEST
UNSW Galleries Cnr of Oxford St and Greens Rd, Paddington NSW 2021
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Join artist Lisa Sammut and curator Catherine Woolley for an intimate walkthrough of the immersive exhibition ‘How the earth will approach you’. 

Together they will discuss Sammut’s recent works which draw parallels between cosmic forces and the dynamics of our personal and social worlds. The tour will offer a deeper understanding into Sammut’s distinct visual language, including her use of materiality and movement to create loops between the earthly and otherworldly. 

Lisa Sammut is an artist based in Kamberri/Canberra, working across sculpture, video, and installation. Her practice oscillates between notions of cosmic perspective, belonging, connection, and time. Overlaying celestial phenomena and human narratives to investigate themes of otherness, power, and agency, recent works have considered the ways cosmic forms and forces mirror the elusive dynamics, relations, and dimensions of our personal and social worlds. These works have focused on the metaphorical qualities of interstellar movement to reconsider the dynamics of human interaction, the role of the individual, and the sway of the collective. 

Catherine Woolley is a curator and programs producer based on Bidjigal and Gadigal Country, Sydney. Catherine has a decade of experience working across curatorial projects, community engagement programs, and education initiatives in the arts and culture sector. She is currently the Curatorial & Public Engagement Officer at UNSW Galleries where she has curated the exhibitions ‘Lisa Sammut: How the earth will approach you’ (2024); and ‘Pliable Planes: Expanded Textiles & Fibre Practices’ (2022–24, with Karen Hall and touring nationally). 

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Presented in conjunction with ‘Lisa Sammut: How the earth will approach you’ at UNSW Galleries, 28 June – 24 November 2024. 

Image: Lisa Sammut, Full Circle (ii) and How the earth will approach you, 2023, installation detail. Photo: Christian Capurro.

Speakers
Portrait of Lisa Sammut

Lisa Sammut

Artist

Lisa Sammut is an artist based in Kamberri/Canberra, working across sculpture, video, and installation. Her practice oscillates between notions of cosmic perspective, belonging, connection, and time. Overlaying celestial phenomena and human narratives to investigate themes of otherness, power, and agency, recent works have considered the ways cosmic forms and forces mirror the elusive dynamics, relations, and dimensions of our personal and social worlds. These works have focused on the metaphorical qualities of interstellar movement to reconsider the dynamics of human interaction, the role of the individual, and the sway of the collective. 

Portrait of Catherine Wolley

Catherine Wolley

Curatorial & Public Engagement Officer

Catherine Woolley is a curator and programs producer based on Bidjigal and Gadigal Country, Sydney. Catherine has a decade of experience working across curatorial projects, community engagement programs, and education initiatives in the arts and culture sector. She is currently the Curatorial & Public Engagement Officer at UNSW Galleries where she has curated the exhibitions ‘Lisa Sammut: How the earth will approach you’ (2024); and ‘Pliable Planes: Expanded Textiles & Fibre Practices’ (2022–24, with Karen Hall and touring nationally).