You, We, They, Me by Kiron Robinson

A bold permanent artwork goes up in lights at the new Fitzroy hub, Bargoonga Nganjin

A new site-specific artwork by Kiron Robinson has been created especially for the Bargoonga Nganjin courtyard garden. The work was commissioned by the City of Yarra as a part of a new policy to ensure that art is included within new or refurbish old building developments valued over $1m.

Robinson was invited to create a new work that responded to this new space; to the public who will be inhabiting it, to the history of the site and to future possibilities it will bring. You, We, They, Me is a combination of 14 words paired together to form seven circles and presents words of action, each indicating the possibility of a newly formed future. Each of these actions reveals a relationship to the habitation of the space by the community. They are a call to attention―of this location’s future as a carrier of the past―and as a place within which the community can grow and create.

Robinson employs a wide variety of materials in his work including neon, large-scale installation, performance, photography and video to examine the constructions we develop to deal with the anxieties and questions about life and death. By its nature, this leads to paradoxical reasoning in Robinson’s work that unravels as it constructs—questions and answers often become indistinguishable or ambivalent.

Kiron Robinson lives and works in Melbourne and is currently a lecturer in photography at the Victorian College of the Arts. He has undertaken numerous residencies internationally and has exhibited extensively with recent projects including exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Taipei; POSCO Museum of Art, South Korea and Kurumuya Museum, Japan and has held recent solo exhibitions at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Monash University Faculty Gallery and Gippsland Art Gallery. In 2016 he was included in What happens now, the inaugural Melbourne Biennial Lab.


Artist talk

Join the artist in conversation at 2.30pm in the Bargoonga Nganjin rooftop courtyard, Saturday 29 July 2017. Hear all about the development of the work and Robinson’s practice in the surrounds of this beautiful new space.


Kiron Robinson is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne

Image: Kiron Robinson, You, We, They, Me, 2017, neon, acrylic. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne. Photography: Christo Crocker