This highly-anticipated exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) celebrates the world of books and reading and is set to open on July 23.
Longtime Hobart resident Brigita Ozolins exhibits regularly in Tasmania and Australia, as well as in Latvia, where her parents originated. She is also a lecturer at the University of Tasmania’s School of Art.
This solo commission for TMAG reflects ongoing themes in her work about the links between language, knowledge, history, bureaucracy and identity.
The former librarian at the state library draws on her interests in books, words and the library, as well as her belief that although language is beautiful and complex it, cannot mirror reality.
Art Gallery 4 will be transformed into a cosy den of rugs, comfortable furniture and soft reading lamps, while the room is lined with thousands of books. A mysterious red code will appear on the walls.
All very appealing for booklovers but the exhibition doesn’t end there. An immersive, interactive environment will be created as you watch and listen to people reading excerpts from their favourite books.
Visitors can also contribute to the art installation themselves by uploading their own recorded readings on the exhibition website.
This exhibition is part of a year-long series of contemporary art experiences entitled Star/Dust. The project has been developed by three Tasmanian artists and is presented with the support of the Detached Cultural Organisation.
Also look out for Brigita Ozolins other current project about cultural displacement, based on her mother’s journey to Australia from Latvia through a series of displaced persons camps at the end of the second world war.
TMAG is a combined museum, art gallery and herbarium in Hobart that has become Tasmania’s leading natural, cultural and heritage organisation.
The Reading Room will run at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery until October 16 2011.
The joy of reading