‘Julie Rrap: Past Continuous’ Now Open at MCA

‘Julie Rrap: Past Continuous’ Now Open at MCA
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By ASPEN ABNER

A new exhibition from Julie Rrap, titled ‘Past Continuous’, is now on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia until February 16, 2025. 

This solo exhibition features Rrap’s groundbreaking feminist installation Disclosures: A Photographic Construct (1982) alongside her more recent works, such as her major commissioned bronze sculpture SOMOS (Standing On My Own Shoulders) (2024) and three new video works. 

For over four decades, Rrap has used her own body through the lens of photography, video, performance, sculpture and drawing to examine representations of the body in art and popular culture over time.

Rrap’s works have been exhibited in galleries all across the world, such as the Auckland Triennial, Jakarta Biennale, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in South Korea and various museums in Japan. 

In Australia, her work has featured in multiple editions of the Sydney Biennale, the 2007 survey exhibition at the MCA Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and the 2022 Adelaide Biennial at the South Australia Art Gallery.

Rrap has received multiple awards for her work, such as the Hermann’s Art Award for her photograph Overstepping in 2021, the University of Queensland National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize in 2009, and the Redlands Westpac Art Prize in 2008 for mixed media work Statis Symbol. 

Her work is held in every major public collection, including private collections, in both Australia and overseas. 

Rrap’s pieces are powerful feminist tools that give agency to the models, often herself. Her newer works reflect on the invisibility of the aging female body and how we look or look away when confronted by certain bodies. These works examine the body through time, showcasing strengths and vulnerabilities. 

For a thought-provoking conversation between Rrap’s older works and newer releases, be sure to pay a visit. 

Admission to Past Continuous is free, and MCA is open 10 am to 5 pm every day, except Tuesday. 

Julie Rrap: Past Continuous
28 June 2024-16 February 2025
Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks
https://www.mca.com.au/exhibitions/julie-rrap-past-continuous/

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