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Shelley Lasica

Viewing and Artist Talk: Shelley Lasica

Viewing and Artist Talk: Shelley Lasica

Hear from Shelley Lasica in conversation with PICA’s Director/CEO Hannah Mathews as they discuss WHEN I AM NOT THERE. Co-commissioned by Monash University Museum of Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, WHEN I AM NOT THERE features a mise-en-scène comprising new and existing elements and includes contributions from the artist’s long-term collaborators. In this discussion, Lasica and Mathews will examine the artist’s enduring relationship with her collaborators and her sustained exploration of choreography. 

Event Schedule


4–5pm, Central Gallery

Artist talk

5–6pm, Shelley Lasica and Hannah Mathews, PICA Foyer

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About the Artists

Shelley Lasica is based in Naarm/Melbourne and has been working nationally and internationally for over four decades. Her practice has consistently engaged with the contexts and situations of presenting dance, choreography and performance. Interested in the collective and interdisciplinary possibilities of choreography, Lasica performs her solo and ensemble works in dialogue with designers, writers and visual artists. Lasica’s choreographic works have been shown within visual art, theatre and festival contexts. These include the Melbourne Festival, National Gallery of Victoria, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Artspace Sydney, Centre nationale de la danse, Paris and Siobhan Davies Studios, London.


Hannah Mathews is Director/CEO of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). Over the last twenty years she has held key curatorial positions at Monash University Museum of Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Next Wave, The South Project and the Biennale of Sydney. 

Hannah’s recent curatorial projects include Shelley Lasica: WHEN I AM NOT THERE (2022); Vivienne Binns: On and through the surface (2022); D Harding: Through a lens of visitation (2021); Agatha Gothe-Snape: The Outcome is Certain (2020); Shapes of Knowledge, MUMA (2019); and Alicia Frankovich & Lili Reynaud Dewar (2018). 

Hannah graduated with a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne in 2002 and has completed curatorial residencies in New York, Berlin, Tokyo and Venice. She has taught in curatorial programs at Melbourne University, Monash University and RMIT University, Melbourne and has held various board positions, including National Association for the Visual Arts, City of Melbourne Arts & Culture and International Art Space, Perth. Her publication, To Note: Notation Across Disciplines won the inaugural Cornish Family Book Prize for Art and Design Publishing in 2018. 



Supported by PICA’s Director’s Circle.

Shelley Lasica: WHEN I AM NOT THERE is co-commissioned by Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council and the Art Gallery of New South Wales support partner Atelier.


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WHEN I AM NOT THERE is realised as part of Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum, an ARC research project that involves the following partners: the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; MUMA, Melbourne; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; Tate, UK; and UNSW Sydney. It provides this overarching project with critical and situated research focused on the curation and practice of choreography in the museum environment.