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Agatha Gothe-Snape, Every Artist Remembered, 2009 - 2017, performance, 180 ×  × 140 cm, Courtesy of The Commercial, Sydney (photo: Sofia Freeman/The Commercial)

Agatha Gothe-Snape, Every Artist Remembered, 2009 - 2017, performance, 180 ×  × 140 cm, Courtesy of The Commercial, Sydney (photo: Sofia Freeman/The Commercial)

Agatha Gothe-Snape’s practice is grounded in performance and improvisation. The intersection of artistic process and social context is central to her often collaborative, text-based work. Employing an administrative aesthetic and the presence or absence of the artist as body, voice and/or psychological state, her work includes wall paintings, cut vinyl, bronze plaques, documentary and PowerPoint presentations.

Agatha Gothe-Snape’s Every Artist Remembered is a procedural performance work, a series of informal and unrehearsed conversations between Gothe-Snape and invited artists who each sit for a one-on-one two-hour session in front of a live audience. Gothe-Snape and her interlocutor take turns in remembering an artist’s name which is then written on a large sheet of paper, a sprawling text drawing which accumulates over two hours. There are no revisions or aids to memory. The work exists as both the improvised conversation and its residue in the form of these large name fields. Every Artist Remembered is as much about inclusion as exclusion. Each performance is an artist-written art history.

Agatha Gothe-Snape's (born 1980, Sydney; lives and works  in Sydney) solo exhibitions include: ‘Oh Window’, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2017). Group exhibitions include ‘The National: New Australian Art’, Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks, MCA (Sydney, 2017, 2019, 2021); 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016); PERFORMA 15, New York (2015); 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2014). Public art: ‘Here, an Echo’, Wemyss Lane, Sydney, co-commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney and the City of Sydney (2017); ‘The Scheme was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs’, commissioned by Monash University, Melbourne (2015).