Bodies of Conflict

Kate Gane
Saturday, 29 July 2017 to Sunday, 17 September 2017
Ren Gregoric

Cancer is an experience of primal conflict; the mind must accept destructive treatments that both threaten its survival and provide a chance of ongoing life. The result is the creation of a psychological space where death, fear, loss and longing co-exist with wonder, mysticism, hope, transcendence, alchemy and love.

In ‘Bodies of Conflict’, Camperdown artist Kate Gane presents a new works that respond to her experiences of facing and healing from breast cancer.

While undergoing cancer treatment, Kate’s mother gifted her four terrariums: each a microcosm of life that continued to grow even while Kate felt her weakest and most vulnerable. ‘Bodies of Conflict’ presents these terrariums in an immersive installation set against footage of an echocardiogram (an ‘echo’ scan) of Kate’s heart taken when she was first diagnosed with cancer.

Kate Gane

Kate Gane is an accomplished South-West Victoria artist who has shown her work in number group and solo exhibitions including at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and Sherwood Gallery, Deakin University, the Abbottsford Convent and Toei Studios, Kyoto, Japan.

In 1998, Kate’s experimental all-girl band Tukan Sam was ‘unearthed’ by radio station Triple J, which led to the band producing an independent album Little Miss and video clip for their song Let's Swing. Little Miss was featured on radio ABC National and Regional, Triple J, RRR and PBS.

Gane holds a Diploma of Digital Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy, Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) from Deakin University and a Master of Transnational Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University.


During the exhibition, Kate will be activating the installation by inviting members of the public to sit and present for a sensory performance artwork held in the exhibition space. The performances are free to attend, however spaces are strictly limited to 10 people per session. Book in advance to secure your place.

Bodies of Conflict performances will be held between 4:00 – 4:30 each Thursday throughout the exhibition:

  • 3rd August                                
  • 10th August           
  • 17th August           
  • 24th August
  • 31th August
  • 7th September
  • 14th September

Click here for more information or to register your attendance to one of Kate’s performances.

Artist Floor Talk

Saturday 19th August from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Free entry. RSVP required.

Click here for more information or to register your attendance to Kate's floor talk.