“The moon is in my mouth. I didn’t swallow it. I nibbled it, little by little. It was crispy but cold. Suddenly, it disintegrated between my lips and teeth, mingling with other countless debris, I spat it out as if it had burnt me.
But I saw nothing, just light.
I then realized there was never a moon, never an eclipse, only the erosion of light.
— I’m the moon eater.”
Three artists, Zheng Tian-Shu, Chen I-Yen, and Yang Yan from China and Taiwan, frame a scenario through works of painting, installation and video art. The exhibition explores the meanings, feelings, and phenomenon that behind the Chinese character “蝕 (Shí)”. This complex symbol usually refers to eclipse, as well as erosion. It is a character of loss or disappearance. However, things do not just disappear; instead, they hide or go through a transformation. This exhibition opens up a dialogue about the existence of intangible things such as dreams, memories, journeys, and wishes.
Through the opening of 蝕－nibble, erosion, eclipse on 15 September, the Chinese Museum would like to introduce its new Contemporary Art Gallery located on level 2 of the building. The gallery may be one of the only spaces for contemporary Asian art in Melbourne, which exists to tell the story of Chinese Australians in a contemporary manner.
The exhibition was nominated for the Visual Art Award of Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2016.
Entry to the exhibition is free with museum entry (Adults $10; Concession $8.50; Family $24.50). The Chinese Museum is 7 days a week, from 10am – 4pm.