Leanne and Naomi Shedlezki
Match Box Projects Portable Gallery
© 2009

Leanne and Naomi Shedlezki (aka Match Box Projects) will work in collaboration with the people of Melbourne to create a portrait of the city during April at Platform. For the last three years, Leanne and Naomi have travelled extensively in Australia and Japan with Match Box Galleries, their portable, handheld cases - filled with small works made by a diverse range of contemporary artists. Leanne and Naomi take photographic portraits of their guests and are inviting them, together with local people they will meet, to create small-scale works for empty matchboxes by responding to the theme "Melbourne – My City". All works will be installed in Vitrine to create an evolving portrait of Melbourne.

As well as the Melbourne launch of Match Box Galleries, the artists will conduct a series of talks and performances to create a multimedia diary of their travels through Australia and Japan that will be presented in Sydney and Osaka. Look out for event dates on their website

Artists involved in People Make Places include: Monika Behrens, Mark Brown, Simon Cooper, Benedict Ernst, Adam Hill, Mary-Anne Kyriakou, Helena Leslie, Zoe MacDonell, Luis Martinez, Louis Pratt, and more.

Match Box Projects are a Sydney based artist duo working across performance, installation, multimedia and collaborative exchange. They draw on the dynamics of everyday life and human interactions to explore issues of identity and perception. Leanne and Naomi have been awarded various grants for their projects, including an Arts NSW Project Grant, the Japan Foundation Emerging New Visual Artists Grant, a Federation of Australia Japan Societies Grant, and the National Association of Visual Artists (NAVA) Marketing Grant. Their work will also appear in the upcoming Sydney ARI Guide, spotlighting Sydney's numerous artist run initiatives.

Visit the Match Box Projects website.