Fabulations

Fabulations is a Creative Occupation Collective exhibition in two phases, featuring a range of mediums, including sculpture and performance art. The first phase of the show takes place at the Third Space Gallery + Digital in Geelong, Australia and is curated by Marita Batna. Michael Morgan and Jennifer McElwee led the development of the sculptures, while Ingrid Petterson and Jessica Laraine Williams provide a throughline in their performance contributions. The first phase runs from November 25, 2022 until January 13, 2023, with a closing ‘performance-ritual’ on the final day. Following the show’s run at the Third Space Gallery, the show reopens in a second phase on the 27th of January, 2023 at Queenscliff South Pier Lifeboat Shed, a historic building located in Queenscliff, Victoria. The shed was built in the late 1800s to house the Queenscliff Lifeboat, which was used to rescue ships in distress off the coast of the Bellarine Peninsula. The lifeboat station was in operation until the late 1970s, when it was decommissioned and the building was used for various purposes, including as a museum and art gallery.

The opening event for the second phase will include the performance entitled ‘Morrígan Imprinted’, featured Williams and Petterson , and a film screening of Donna Haraway’s “Storytelling for Earthly Survival.” The film screening is an opportunity to engage with issues of climate change and sustainability through the sharing of personal stories and experiences. By fostering a sense of connection and community, the film hopes to inspire individuals to take action in their daily lives and work towards creating a more sustainable future.

The Morrígan is a significant figure in Irish mythology, known for her associations with war, death, and sovereignty. Often depicted in the form of a crow or raven, the goddess is revered for her powers of prophecy and divination, and is believed to be present at key moments in the lives of kings and chieftains. In some traditions, the Morrígan is depicted as a single goddess who takes on the form of a crow, while in others she is represented as a trio of deities representing different aspects of the same being.

The Morrígan is closely associated with themes of death and the afterlife, both in terms of predicting the outcome of battles and in guiding the spirits of the deceased to the Otherworld. The symbolism of the crow or raven, often associated with the goddess, reflects this connection to death or figurative rebirth. In this performance, her character is focused around female agency and an optimistic resistance to preconceived lineages of history.

The show is open to the public and welcomes all visitors. Select documentation will be uploaded here.

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