c3 PROJECTS + PLOT MEDIA
Created for the 2011 Abbotsford Convent Discovery Day
November 13th 12 - 6pm
When you get the chance to go somewhere no one else can go – somewhere strange, old and sacred – there’s a gentle rush in your chest, the thrill of exploring what’s going to be around the next corner. The concealed and abandoned rooms of the Convent elicit this effect.
The public has never been granted access to these spaces so, upon entering the rooms, one immediately conjures thoughts of the ghosts of young orphans or spectres in black and white habits floating down hallways.
Despite the sense of complete physical abandonment, the layers, stains and grime that remain on all surfaces of these buildings provide a wider narrative to the hidden world that once was. To find meaning in these rooms you have to look closely.
This project was commissioned by c3 as part of an ongoing documentation of the Abbotsford Convent site and will become part of an annually created collection of works.