Sunfade: a room of one's own (2012)
Installation for one viewer at once
Melbourne International Arts Festival
Dates: Wed 10 Oct – Sun 21 Oct 2012
Schoolhouse Studios

Sunfade: a room of one’s own was an invitation to reflect. Installed in Eugenia Lim's former studio, Sunfade was devised for one viewer/thinker/writer at a time. Boy, girl, woman, man, young, all were invited to write and reflect on the nature of work, independence and agency. Assorted faded images lined the room’s walls – photographs contributed by women from across the globe of their workspaces, sites of self-directed employment and/or creativity. Over twenty women (from Australia, Sweden, and England) answered the artist’s call out for self-photographed images of their workspaces. Inspired by the seminal essay A Room of One’s Own (1929) by the late Virginia Woolf, Eugenia sought to create a room where, for each viewer/thinker/writer, time and thought belong to them. A space where for as little or as long as they choose, their mind could be "incandescent, without distraction". Photographs and writing contributed over the course of the exhibition will form the basis of a publication (coming in 2013). Contributors to the project will receive a copy of the publication as an exchange for their participation.

Sunfade was installed as part of Melbourne International Arts Festival's Place of Assembly, curated by Alice Glenn and Elizabeth Barnett, featuring more than 80 artists in residence and 12 guest artists. Place of Assembly ran Wed 10 – Sat 27 Oct.

Thank you:
Photographs from: Amelia Barikin, Anabelle Lacriox, Annie Bungeroth, Anusha Kenny, Clare Rae, Deborah Kelly, Elina Suoyrjo, Grace McQuilten, Hannah Beth Raisin, Inez de Vega, Jane Caught, Jane Tyrrell, Jessie Scott, Jo McErvale, Kate Veitch, Michaela Pegum, Nat Cursio, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska, Rachel Feery, Sarah Rodigari, Sonia Rentsch, Ulanda Blair, Vic Bennett. Big thanks also to Wesley Old, Mark Coules, Maxi Walker, Gabriela Holland, Quino Holland, Xavier (Dawn Press), Helen Grogan, and Simon McEwan.

Documentation and Sunfade concept image (first photograph, below) by Eugenia Lim.