Palazzo Pandolfini, a private luxury residence in the heart of Florence was the location for an exclusive exhibition of especially commissioned works by Australian artists across fashion, fine jewellery, sound, sculpture and the visual arts. Curated together with rare Florentine wine and food experiences, this multi-sensory two week event complete with a Member’s Lounge and Luxury Store. The installation was opulent, spectacular and shone the bright light of Australian talent into the hearts of Florentines and overseas visitors alike.
At art school I became obsessed with the sublime amd the beautiful……but in real terms, i.e. is it possible to evoke an intake of breath moment with a single image and if so, is there a formula to a human’s response to that. Multiple 17th century books later I realised there is a formula and it’s not a scientific one (although I’m sure if we tried hard enough we could distill it to one). Rather the formula is feeling…..
Raising The Human Condition – Collins Street Installation – September 2019
Who are we behind the walls, the glass, the bricks, the marble and the stone. Commissioned by 101 Collins St, Melbourne this film installation is a semi-autobiographical work. In August 2019, 101 Collins Street Melbourne commissioned Aneka Manners to create an exclusive work to be displayed in the foyer for the duration of Melbourne Fashion week. An A-Grade building at the ‘Paris en’ of Collins St surrounded by luxury retailers and tenants across legal, wealth management and financial services this building has an opulent foyer, already replete with significant sculptural works.
A stripped back cinematic piece illustrating our collective human condition. Four women collaborating across the UK and Australia, across East and West Coasts and across the disciplines of film, dance and sound. Originally intended as an in-person collaboration this evolved into a virtual work starting in earnest as COVID-19 swept the world and turning into a trilogy that was completed as Europe finally came out of lockdown in 2021.