Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, from the project Universal Power House, 2017. Research image. Photo courtesy the artists. Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney.


7 March – 27 April 2019

Griffith University Art Museum is proud to present Architecture Makes Us: Cinematic Visions of Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, a major mid-career survey of the cinematic video works of Australian artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth.

Commissioned by Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Architecture Makes Us brings together major video works by the collaborative duo exploring craggy geographies, territorialisation, surveillance, exhausted systems and future philosophies. In this landmark survey, Leber and Chesworth offer a rich exploration of the way society is impacted by the geographical, technological and the architectural influences that surround us. These works point towards the architecture of our world in the broadest sense, examining structures both physical and invisible.

Leber and Chesworth have been collaborating since 1996 and have been shown in key international exhibitions including the 56th Biennale of Venice (2015), the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); and a parallel exhibition as part of the 5th Moscow Biennale (2013). Through these rigorous, politically engaged, and at times humorous video works, Architecture Makes Us encourages a deeper look at one of Australia’s most lauded mid-career artistic duos.

For Architecture Makes Us, CCP has commissioned Geography Becomes Territory Becomes, 2018; an 8-channel video installation exploring the island fortress of Suomenlinna, Finland. Architecture Makes Us includes an accompanying publication featuring texts by Naomi Cass, Giles Fielke, Fiona Gruber, Pippa Milne, Nikos Papastergiadis, Amelia Winata and Kate Warren. Designed by Joseph Johnson. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Griffith University Art Museum acknowledges the generosity of Exhibition Partners Lock, Stock and Barrel, Shut the Gate Wines and Solver Paints.

7 March — 27 April 2019, Tuesday to Saturday 11 am – 4 pm, or by appointment.

Image: Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Universal Power House: In the Near Future, 2017, Single channel HD video, 12:30min. Video still. Courtesy the artists. Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney.