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Hidden

Rookwood, Australia’s oldest cemetery, will play host to a unique outdoor sculptural exhibition. Hidden, established in 2009, showcases work from 40 selected artists, transforming parts of the iconic cemetery.

The exhibition hopes to challenge the perception of cemeteries being morbid, while highlighting the cultural diversity Rookwood is renowned for. Sydney-based Barbara Licha will have her wire sculptures on display: “My work explores what it means to be a human being through the use of wire to show different expressions, daily activities, and interests that portray movement and behaviour,” she says, “Human behaviour is something that I always like to portray in my scultpures.”

The Polish-born artist has practised for 25 years in Australia: “I’ve had my work appear in Sculpture by the Sea and other outdoor exhibitions. I heard about Hidden a long time ago but never had the time to apply, this year I did, and luckily I got chosen.”

Licha says: “A cemetery is a very special place, it makes you think about the relationship between life and death and also about the past and present, which my work reflects on as well. It’s a very symbolic place to hold something like this, it will definitely add a lot to the cemetery.” (GF)

Until Oct 12, Rookwood Cemetery, Hawthorne Ave, Rookwood, free, rookwoodcemetary.com.au

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