JAN 18 –MAR 31, 2018


Andrew Hazewinkel has an extensive national and international exhibition history having participated in major museum exhibitions and significant institutional group exhibitions across Australia and elsewhere. Before the Age of the Museum is Hazewinkel’s first solo exhibition in Hobart.

Blending photographic, video, sculptural and installation based activities with photo-archive based research and theoretical undertakings Hazewinkel’s practice examines the complex socio-political associations between contemporary culture and ancient objects, stories and archetypes.

With visual references to archaeological finds, practices and theory, Before The Age of The Museum revolves around cycles of loss and rediscovery, burial and exhumation, bringing to mind the limbo state that lost or forgotten objects find themselves hovering in. 

Often forgotten beneath the earth’s surface, or at the bottom of the sea, for thousands of years before winding up in museums, these figurative objects (carved of stone or cast in bronze) become exposed to transformative geological and marine forces that effect a kind of reversal of their manmade nature by slowly turning them toward their natural geological state. We might consider this as a kind of unmaking process.

Before the Age of The Museum brings together Hazewinkel’s newest large format photographic works with digitally photo-mediated screen prints, video and sculpture alongside specially created site responsive works installed throughout the ground floor and usually inaccessible basement levels of one of Australia’s first Georgian buildings. A small discovery excavated whilst preparing the basements will also be displayed.

Hazewinkel holds a PhD from Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, a Masters of Fine Arts from Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, he is an Honorary Research Affiliate at Sydney College of the Arts and an Associate of the Australian Archaeological Association at Athens. He recently was awarded an Australia Council For The Arts six month studio residency in New York from which he has just returned.

Significant exhibitions include: Rèpètition, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels 2016, Over you/you 31st Ljubljana Biennial, Ljubljana Slovenia, Nature Revelation Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, 2015 Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, New 14, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, The Piranesi Effect, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne,2014,On the Nature of Things, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 2012, Fugitive Mirror, British School at Rome 2010