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Inspired by Olympia: Photographs by Polixeni Papapetrou and Petrina Hicks: Bleached Gothic, on display at NGV Australia, explore contemporary artists, writers and thinkers whose work features the same figures again and again. How do these representations subvert traditional notions of the muse?

Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.


Maria Quirk

Dr Maria Quirk is the Project Officer for Research and Acquisitions at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). A historian of women’s and art history, she has previously held academic positions at the University of Queensland and Deakin University, and is a former State Library of Queensland r... Read more

Susan van Wyk

Susan van Wyk is the Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Victoria. Since joining the NGV she has worked on more than sixty exhibitions of Australian and international photography.  Her most recent project is the exhibition and accompanying catalogue Olympia: Photographs by Pol... Read more

Eloise Grills

Eloise Grills is an award-winning writer, comics artist, poet and critic. Her work has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies including Meanjin, The Saturday Paper, The Rumpus, Going Down Swinging, Kill Your Darlings, Sydney Review of Books, The Lifted Brow and Borderless. She... Read more

Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio; she collaborates with sound and visual artists and has had her work carved into dockside tiles. She is the author of four books of ideas. Her fourth (and latest) book Axiomatic won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Lit... Read more


NGV Australia, Federation Square

The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Federation Square

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