Ruth Höflich (DE)

The Flood

01 March - 06 April
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Image: Ruth Höflich, The Flood, 2024. Courtesy the artist.

How can a photograph truly communicate ecological disaster?


01 March - 06 April


Gertrude Glasshouse [i]
44 Glasshouse Rd, Collingwood
Thu – Sat, 12pm – 5pm


Environmental Futures


Wheelchair access



This new single-channel moving image work addresses experiences of ecological disquiet, and considers how image-saturated culture still struggles to capture intangible registers of scale.

Drawing on original and archival photographic records of a historical incident that occurred in northern Germany in the 1960s, The Flood collides this material with a series of seemingly disparate contemporary settings.

Superimposing different sensory and cognitive registers over the historical record, Ruth Höflich’s work builds on the history of montage techniques in experimental filmmaking, where cadence, atmosphere, and form challenge the archival material, interrogating the act of image-making itself.

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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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01–24 March