The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts has been delighted to collaborate with Biennale of Sydney artist, Meriç Algün Ringborg to create The Library of Unborrowed Books, Section III: SMSA Library‚ Sydney (2014) for display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
SMSA members are book lovers who make frequent use of our library; indeed, the most popular titles on our shelves have been borrowed in excess of 40 times! But there are a small number of books that, over the years, have slipped through the cracks and have never been borrowed.
Born in Istanbul and based in Stockholm, artist Meriç Algün Ringborg has compiled unborrowed books from the SMSA Library and displayed them as a library of their own at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the duration of the Biennale.
Visitors are invited to borrow a book and relax in an adjacent reading room, allowing them to rediscover these overlooked books and to ponder the previously unrevealed stories and knowledge they contain.
The Library of Unborrowed Books, Art Gallery of New South Wales from 21 March to 9 June 2014. Admission is FREE.
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Artist Talk: Meriç Algün Ringborg, Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday 21 March from 1:30 – 2:00pm. FREE, Drop in.
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About the artist
Born in Istanbul and based in Stockholm, Meriç Algün Ringborg has created this artwork twice before in New York and Stockholm and will shortly do the same in Ecuador. Algün Ringborg’s move from her homeland of Turkey to settle in Sweden has provided her with a wealth of artistic fodder. Her diverse installation practice in and outside of galleries includes sound, photography and printed matter, all united by a central group of thematic concerns: identity, language, home and belonging. Algün Ringborg is particularly taken with ‘the gaps and cracks of history … the bureaucratic cataloging of the world and the ambivalent relationship between absence and presence’.