Where Lakes Once had Water

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Sonia Leber and David Chesworth are currently completing the first CABAH Art Series Commission, a sensorial video and sound installation that transports us to remote ancient dry lakes of the Australian Northern Territory. Where Lakes Once had Water takes us on an imaginative journey, exploring the labour of scientists and traditional owners as they dig and delve into the past, reading the signs and signals in the landscape, over concepts of deep time. 

Commissioned by ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).

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What Listening Knows at Messums Wiltshire, UK

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What Listening Knows will be presented as a three-screen video and audio installation, plus individual fine art prints, for solo exhibition across the extensive tithe barn gallery at Messums Wiltshire, UK. This highly-detailed work emerged from a residency in 2019, where Leber and Chesworth were invited to be Messums Wiltshire’s first artists-in-residence. They completed a five week research residency, filming around Wiltshire, and consolidating plans for a solo exhibition in 2020.

Messums Wiltshire
Tisbury, UK
11 September - 18 October 2020 
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Unseen Light: Prologue at West Space, Melbourne

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Sonia Leber & David Chesworth’s Unseen Light project emerges from a collection of over 90 hours of séance tapes, purchased from a deceased estate. Intimately recorded  between 1958 and 1972, the séances include visitations from deceased relatives, doctors, scientists, spirit guides and singing children, with personal descriptions of life ‘in the spaceways’.

Sonia Leber & David Chesworth
Unseen Light: Prologue (Split open the atom in ourselves), 2019.
Performance with archival reel-to-reel tapes, var. 20 minutes, in the form of a prologue to the artwork currently in development

‘Lifelessness’ performance program of the Ventriloquy exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary, presented in association with Liquid Architecture
at West Space, Melbourne
Curator: Joel Stern
17 June 2019
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Architecture Makes Us at Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane

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Architecture Makes Us is a major mid-career survey of the cinematic video works of Australian artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth. The exhibition brings together six major video works by the collaborative duo, exploring craggy geographies, territorialisation, surveillance, exhausted systems and future philosophies. These works point towards the architecture of our world in the broadest sense, examining structures both physical and invisible. A touring exhibition from Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne.

Architecture Makes Us
Cinematic Visions of Sonia Leber & David Chesworth
Curators: Naomi Cass, Pippa Milne and Madé Spencer-Castle

Griffith University Art Museum
Brisbane, Australia
7 March to 27 April 2019

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