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Lullaby by Georgia Saxelby

Lullaby by Georgia Saxelby

Lullaby explores the relationship between architecture, gender, and ritual within the monumental landscape of Washington, DC. This solo exhibition presents Australian-born, US-based artist Georgia Saxelby’s recent 2-channel video installation, Lullaby (2017-2019). Exhibited for the first time in the United States, Lullaby documents a series of performances staged at five of the monuments on Washington’s National Mall. Collaborating with performers Viva Soudan and Bailey Nolan, the artist developed a series of imagined ritual gestures that repurpose the heroic forms and masculine iconography ubiquitous in the nation’s capital. In doing so, Saxelby questions the symbolic spaces in which we perform our identities and value systems today.

Leveraging the classical propositions of the Greco-Roman derived monuments, the performers mould their bodies into the architectural forms, in turn inviting the forms to fit them. Through mirroring and contorting the architecture in the editing process, Saxelby manipulates the existing structures to create her own imagined virtual architectures, espousing a new symbolic order that emphasises the spaces in between. Entitled Lullaby, this work reflects Saxelby’s interest in ephemeral and performative systems of transmitting cultural knowledge and value systems in contrast to architecture’s permanence and rigidity. Lullaby seeks to collide the timely and the anachronistic, the poetic and the political, the imagined and the real.


Lullaby was curated by Sandy Guttman, Curatorial Assistant at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Image: Georgia Saxelby, still from Lullaby, 2017-19. Photograph by Kristin Adair


Date: 10 July - 18 October 2019
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am - 2pm*
Location: Gallery @ Embassy of Australia 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036. Photo ID essential for entry.
Contact: For further information call 202.797.3000 or email: Cultural.RelationsUS@dfat.gov.au.

*For Security reasons, the gallery may be closed due to private events. We recommend calling ahead to verify hours.