Work 1: 'Polygraph mash'; Work 2: 'Gulag Archipelago'

Emily Floyd (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkResearch

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney, NSW, Australia
PublisherMuseum of Contemporary Art Australia
SizeWork 1: 1000 x 30 x 45cm; Work 2: dimensions variable
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventTelling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form - Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 2 Jun 20169 Oct 2016

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Floyd, E. (Artist). (2016). Work 1: 'Polygraph mash'; Work 2: 'Gulag Archipelago'. Commissioned or Visual Artwork, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
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Floyd, E, Work 1: 'Polygraph mash'; Work 2: 'Gulag Archipelago', 2016, Commissioned or Visual Artwork, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Work 1: 'Polygraph mash'; Work 2: 'Gulag Archipelago'. Floyd, Emily (Artist). 2016. Sydney, NSW, Australia : Museum of Contemporary Art AustraliaEvent: Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkResearch

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Floyd E (Artist). Work 1: 'Polygraph mash'; Work 2: 'Gulag Archipelago' Sydney, NSW, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. 2016.