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In Conversation: Mig Dann and Hannah Gartside

The Intimacy of Scrutiny is a survey exhibition by artist Mig Dann. The exhibition is curated by Josephine Mead and Zoë Bastin. Spanning sculpture, film and installation, The Intimacy of Scrutiny delves into experiences of childhood trauma, feminist practice and queer culture.

This exhibition is a testament to Dann’s lived experience. In the 1970s, Dann worked in the avant-garde art scene and popular music industry within New York’s counterculture. In the 1980s she was involved in photographic research and interviews with survivors of the 1930s art world in Paris. By reflecting on the past, Dann explores the politics and poetics of time, memory and identity within the present.

About Mig Dann

Mig Dann is a Melbourne-based artist, currently undertaking a practice-led PhD in the School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne. Her art practice is multi-disciplinary and autobiographical, exploring and expressing issues of childhood trauma.

Her work is informed by memory and forgetting, absence and presence, feminism, queer culture and decades of lived experience.

In 2016 Mig was commissioned to make a site-responsive work for the Sculpture Walk at Wesenberg Sculpture Park, Mecklenberg, Germany, followed by a one-month residency, where the work on memory originated. From the late 60s to early 90s Mig lived and worked in New York City. Several years in the popular music industry were followed by some years as assistant to Billy Klüver, co-founder and director of Experiments in Art & Technology (E.A.T.).

About Hannah Gartside

Hannah Gartside is a sculptor and installation artist whose works present ways of experiencing the profound sensuality and subjectivity of our relationship to the physical world.

Recent exhibition projects include Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; 'Knowing Fabric' a performance-lecture commission for Making Art Work, Institute of Modern Art, 2020; and Performing Textiles at Ian Potter Museum, 2019.

She holds a BFA Hons in Sculpture (VCA, 2019) and a BFA Hons in Fashion Design (QUT, 2010). Her work is held in the Artbank and Wangaratta Art Gallery collections and in private collections across Australia and the UK. Hannah lives and works in Narrm/Melbourne.


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Further information

Register your free ticket on our In Conversation: Mig Dann and Hannah Gartside page of the Eventbrite website.

This program will be streamed on Instagram Live. For program updates you can follow the Counihan Gallery Instagram page. 

To learn more about our current exhibitions, you can visit our What's on at the Counihan Gallery page.