Harrell Fletcher (b. 1967, lives and works in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.) is internationally renowned for facilitating exhibitions and events based on participation and collaboration, often with people who are usually not involved in making art. Fletcher spent a week in Melbourne during March of this year to meet potential participants for his project at the NGV.
The participants — Arts Project Australia, CERES, Crooked Rib Art, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Grainger Museum, Hell Gallery, Herb Patten, RISE and Jeff Sparrow — each reveal an aspect of contemporary and historical Melbourne, whether it is immigration, art and community, identity, urban agriculture and sustainability, urban history and politics, and even music. In addition to reflecting a place’s past and present, the project is ultimately situated in an art gallery and Fletcher saw this as an opportunity to involve participants in selecting works from the NGV Collection.