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motion/emotion – Annette Messager

'Casino' by Annette Messager, 2005

Annette Messager’s motion/emotion is an expedition through the physical to discover the spirit of humanity.

The artist’s early life in a French village famed as both a convalescent and tourist destination, is clearly connected to these astounding pieces which reflect the conundrum of sickness and celebration.

The voyage begins with a dissection of the outer shell. Brightly patterned gloves with pencil talons cling to long threads in Les Gants – Grimaces – The Gloves – Grimaces. But the metaphor of comfort is ripped apart in Les Depouilles – Skins, a series of desiccated hides hanging nearby.

The journey continues with Penetration where internal organs are suspended from the ceiling like a mobile over a child’s cradle, menacing yet familiar.

Then the chronicle reaches its apogee with the startling Casino, which plays with the legend of Pinocchio to comment on birth, death and Christianity.

This is a thoughtfully curated exhibition, which showcases a complex and unique artistic oeuvre. (LR)

Until Oct 26, Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks, free, mca.com.au

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