Carriageworks (in association with Sydney Festival) has secured Chance, a major installation by Christian Boltanski, for their 2014 program. Valued at approximately $200,000 according to Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah, the work involves over two kilometres of scaffolding weighing more than 16 tonnes. The installation, which can be walked through, also includes a mechanised loop that runs like a printing press and features photographs of the faces of Polish newborns and deceased elderly Swiss people. Chance emulates the rhythm of birth and death and, like so much of Boltanski’s work, explores memory, mortality and loss. The work was originally created for the French Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. This will be the first time a major work by the artist has been shown in Australia.
Chance opens in Carriageworks’ main foyer on January 10th, 2014.