Author Archives: Susan van Wyk

Susan van Wyk

About Susan van Wyk

Senior Curator of Photography

A fine example of collaboration: furniture design, architecture and photography

Film and photography are a fascinating adjunct in Mid Century Modern: Australian furniture design.  They provide glimpses of the context in which furniture was used, and a sense of the impact of new ways of living in mid-century homes and …  More

Melbourne Now countdown – day 14

This week the installation of Patrick Pound’s Melbourne Now work, The Gallery of Air, began. The project brings together more than 100 works from across the NGV Collection and around 300 works from the collection of the artist. Comprising artworks …  More

Melbourne Now countdown – day 33

Jane Brown’s photographs prompt feelings of loss and unease, suggesting ghostly imprints rather than hard and fast realities. For Melbourne Now, she has produced the series, Not before time. Working with ‘almost arcane’ film and gelatin silver papers, she explores …  More

Melbourne Now countdown – day 47

Ross Coulter’s 10,000 Paper Planes – Aftermath (1) captures a scene of order and chaos – the ‘aftermath’ of an event that has shattered the otherwise tidy appearance of the room.  The photograph documents an art performance in which 10,000 …  More

Melbourne Now countdown – day 67

For curators, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is working with contemporary artists, because of the opportunity it provides to talk about art and ideas. In the preparation for Melbourne Now, curators all over the NGV (and …  More

Melbourne Now countdown – day 89

Hiding in plain sight: Polixeni Papapetrou and The Ghillies “My work is about how we define notions of childhood and how we see ourselves as adults in response to those definitions.  It’s not so much a biological construct as it …  More

Pacific Sun

Pacific Sun Thomas Demand began to make films around 1999.  Often showing ‘familiar’ subjects; falling rain, the perpetual motion of an escalator, or the relentless movement of a CCTV camera; his film work is quite mesmerising. The films are produced …  More