Lara Schnitger’s large-scale sculptural installation House of Heroines, created for the NGV Triennial, draws on the representation of women in ancient architecture, reflecting contemporary expressions of women’s voice, sexuality and agency. The work features quilted sequinned fabric panels wrapped around the walls of the gallery space, with Schnitger’s drawings and text etched into the two-tone fabric, and four columns that recall the caryatids of ancient temple architecture which use the female body as a structural form, to explore the boundaries of socially accepted femininity and the aspects of this regarded as obscene or taboo.

Schnitger discusses the concept and creative process behind the artwork with NGV’s Curator of Contemporary Art Pip Wallis.

NGV Triennial 2020 Playlist

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NGV Triennial | Homily to Country Introduced by Ewan McEoin Triennial conversations | JR / Rivers in decline Badger Bates, Gabrielle Chan, Rachel Strachan and Alan Whyte in conversation with Ewan McEoin Triennial conversations | Revising narratives Claire G. Coleman, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Timothy Moore and Scotty So in conversation with Pip Wallis Triennial conversations | Resonant nature Refik Anadol and Dr Tessa Laird in conversation with Simone LeAmon Triennial conversations | Nature as collaborator Talin Hazbar, Elliot Bastianon, Geoff Nees and Hannah Presley in conversation with Myf Doughty Triennial conversations | Oceans on the edge Professor Madeleine van Oppen, Pirjo Haikola and Alex Goad in conversation with Ewan McEoin Triennial conversations | Get real estate Jill Garner, Amy Muir and Michael Bleby in conversation with Ewan McEoin Triennial conversations | Future First Nations Megan Cope, Angela Tiatia and Hannah Presley in conversation with Myles Russell-Cook Triennial conversations | A Dark Horizon Dr. Edward Colless and Professor Larissa Hjorthin in conversation with Dr. Simon Maidment Triennial conversations | House Of Heroines Lara Schnitger in conversation with Pip Wallis Triennial conversations | Quantum memories Refik Anadol in conversation with Simone LeAmon Triennial conversations | Downtime Faye Toogood in conversation with Simone LeAmon Triennial conversations | Crystalline Erez Nevi Pana in conversation with Ewan McEoin Triennial profile | Glenda Nicholls Triennial profile | Diamond Stingily Triennial profile | Liam Young Triennial profile | JR Interview with William Badger Bates Triennial profile | Refik Anadol Triennial profile | Tomoaki Suzuki Triennial profile | Faye Toogood Triennial profile | Alicja Kwade Triennial profile | Fred Wilson Triennial profile | Porky Hefer Triennial profile | Kengo Kuma Installing JR’s Homily to Country NGV Triennial 2020 Preparing for NGV Triennial 2020 Celebrating contemporary art, design and architecture Bringing NGV Triennial 2020 to life Celebrating contemporary art, design and architecture

Self-guided Experiences Playlist

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Ivan Durrant | Exhibition video tour TIWI | Exhibition video tour Triennial conversations | House Of Heroines Lara Schnitger in conversation with Pip Wallis Triennial conversations | Quantum memories Refik Anadol in conversation with Simone LeAmon Triennial conversations | Downtime Faye Toogood in conversation with Simone LeAmon Triennial conversations | Crystalline Erez Nevi Pana in conversation with Ewan McEoin ANAM at NGV Massive journey of personally nocturne’d object | James Gleeson ANAM at NGV Inspiration | Aby Altson ANAM at NGV Cahill Expressway | Jeffrey Smart ANAM at NGV An old bee farm | Clara Southern ANAM at NGV The Bridge in-curve | Grace Cossington Smith ANAM at NGV Actual fractual | Howard Arkley Exhibition Tour – Collecting Comme Art Tour – Women in Art: 17th–18th Century Exhibition Tour – Japanese Modernism Top Arts 2020 Exhibition Introduction Artist Talk – In Absence: NGV Architecture Commission 2019 Exhibition Tour – Colin McCahon: Letters and Numbers Sarabande from Bach’s Suite No 1 for Violoncello in the Salon Gallery Inspired by Salomon van Ruysdael's River landscape with boats Art Tour – The European Grand Tour Art Tour – The Great Nineteenth Century Art Highlights: The First Cloud & Anguish Debussy’s Syrinx in the Salon Gallery Inspired by Edward Burne-Jones’s The garden of Pan Bach’s Allemande from the D minor Partita No 2 in the Gallery Inspired by Meindert Hobbema’s The old oak Grace Crowley’s Girl with goats With Beckett Rozentals, Curator of Australian Painting, Sculpture & Decorative Arts to 1980 A Master of Indigenous art: Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula’s Kampurarrpa With Judith Ryan AM, Senior Curator of Indigenous art Louise Bouteiller’s Césarine de Houdetot, Baronne de Barante, reading Paul et Virginie With Senior Curator of International art, Ted Gott Edwin Landseer’s Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream With Senior Curator of International art, Ted Gott Arthur Streeton’s Corfe Castle With Curator of International Art, Laurie Benson In Absence | Behind the Design 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Part 5: Senior Warlpiri women render permanent sacred designs Marking Time guided exhibition tour Part 4: Iconography in modern art forms Marking Time guided exhibition tour Part 3: A momentous change in Indigenous Art Marking Time guided exhibition tour Part 2: From rock escarpment to bark Marking Time guided exhibition tour Part 1: Introducing Marking Time Marking Time guided exhibition tour Drop-by Drawing with Kenny Pittock | The Melon A how-to series on sketching Drop-by Drawing with Minna Gilligan A how-to series on sketching Drop-by Drawing with Lily Mae Martin A how-to series on sketching Josephine and Napoléon divorce Laurie Benson shares the story behind the painting Elizabeth Thompson’s The 28th Regiment at Quatre Bras A celebrated military painter A hand is discovered in Anne Forbes’ Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Hamilton Dr. Maria Quirk reflects on the work Tom Roberts: naturalistic bent Curator Talk John Brack: Capturing the ordinary Curator Talk