Sonia Leber and David Chesworth are artists living and working in Melbourne. They have been collaborating since 1996, working across video, photography, sound and installation art.
Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Zaum Tractor’, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne (2014); and Gridchinhall, Moscow (2013). Their work will be featured in the upcoming ’56th Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures’.
For WSJ4, Leber and Chesworth have made an adaptation of their recent work “This Is Before We Disappear From View”, which was created for the walled space of the coal bunker on Cockatoo Island, for the 19th Biennale of Sydney. The work was made in response to Australia’s policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers, and during artist protests against the Biennale due to sponsorship received from Transfield, a company linked to asylum seeker detention centres. The work was presented with a list of resources:
Reading List / Sources
Miran Božovič (ed.), ‘Introduction: An Utterly Dark Spot’ in Jeremy Bentham, The Panopticon Writings (1995)
Charles Dickens, ‘Philadelphia and its Solitary Prison’ in American Notes (1842)
Robin Evans, The Fabrication of Virtue: English Prison Architecture 1750-1840 (1982)
Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish (1975)
Michael Ignatieff, A Just Measure of Pain: The Penitentiary in the Industrial Revolution 1750-1850 (1978)
Franz Kafka, In the Penal Colony (1919)
Maider López, ‘User’s Manual’ from Making Ways project (2013)
Karl Marx, ‘The Power of Money’ in Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts (1844)
Nikos Papastergiadis, ‘Confined Abyss: Art in the Dusk of Reason’ in Sonia Leber & David Chesworth: Almost Always Everywhere Apparent (2008)
Anthony Trollope, ‘Port Arthur’ in Australia, P. D. Edwards and R. B. Joyce eds (1968)
Maggie Weidenhofer, Port Arthur: A Place of Misery (1990)