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Disruption, connection, protest

21 April - 2 May

21 April – 2 May 2020

Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
admission: Free

…if we leave the public space empty, and uncontested, who will fill the streets?

Melanie Lazarow, installation

Melanie Lazarow, installation

Melanie Lazarow, installation

Melanie Lazarow is claiming the space for protests and strikes, using iPads iPhones, looping wires, plugs, power boards, and cushions. Her lens captures and holds the voices for refugees, for climate justice and renewables, against war. Her predominant medium is the hand-held iPhone.

In an era of pepper spray and rifles, Disruption, connection, protest is a counter declaration to the state’s attempt to keep our voice off the streets. She is asking, “if we leave the public space empty, and uncontested, who will fill the streets?” Every small cry against oppression, against climate destruction, for refugees, for land rights, is occupying a necessary space. The union rallies are the highlight of the little-box insights, she hopes for the strikes that brought apartheid to its knees.

South African born, Melbourne based artist Melanie Lazarow is a painter, photographer and installation artist. She completed her schooling and university in Johannesburg in the heady and instructional days of anti-apartheid struggle. She finished her master degree in contemporary art in 2012 and has since been exhibiting and revisiting the concept of protest. Her art interest is holding the public space for workers and using a constructivist vision for the future. Melanie has been exhibiting since 2012 when she completed her Master in Contemporary Art at the VCA.


21 April
2 May
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Melanie Lazarow


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