Alexandra Lethbridge (UK)

The Archive of Gesture

29 April 2022 - 22 May 2022
Image: Alexandra Lethbridge, from the series [The Archive of Gesture], 2020-ongoing. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Alexandra Lethbridge, from the series The Archive of Gesture, 2020-ongoing. Courtesy the artist.


29 April 2022 - 22 May 2022


Parliament Gardens (outdoor) [i]
Spring St, East Melbourne
24 hrs




Wheelchair access



Gestures—unspoken forms of communication—play a large role in our everyday lives. But gestures can be misleading.

The Archive of Gesture by British artist Alexandra Lethbridge comprises found images, still life photography, and digital interventions.

Using Greek statues as a reference, this work is driven by from the absence of body language. In many instances, the arms or hands of the statues are missing, broken off, or amputated over time. The Venus de Milo, for instance, is said to have held an apple in one of her missing hands.

Lethbridge explores the balance between absence and presence, truth and lies, transparency and obstruction.

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

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