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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Mothers’ Mothers

Esther Carlin

11 August 2022–03 September 2022

A lost mother speaks to other lost things. They say that metaphor is about finding the outside inside. Daily jobs: art gallery, orchestra – moving things around. You’re right she’s just completely devastated. 

Mothers’ Mothers relates stories of a lost mother to other lost objects and speaks to the anxiety of being without words. This exhibition presents a series of photographs alongside an essay film. Footage taken at work, as well as on the way to and from work, combines with a narrative voiceover that examines photography, memory and connection. It is a reflection on labour and process, objects and their value, that touches on inherited grief, voyeurism, loneliness and the nature of found objects. In particular it is about two different kinds of images – the images you see and collect and document, and the images that are missing, that must be imagined, analysed or described in order to be brought into being.

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  • Esther Carlin is an artist, filmmaker and researcher. She makes film-based installations that draw on her training in art and anthropology. Using ethnographic research methods, she develops artworks that articulate the importance of poetics as a way of examining specific institutional histories and sites, while asking questions of subject-making, imaging and representation. She graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours) and is the recipient of the 2022 Combined Arts John Monash Scholarship. Exhibitions and screenings include: VIV (MUMA, 2022), The tree sees double (ANCA Gallery, 2020) and The Time of the Cévennes (Prototype, 2020).