Museum of Brisbane

Artist Talk: Impossible Conversations

  • Fri 12 Oct
  • Exhibition now closed

Join us for an evening of ‘Impossible Conversations’ with painters, monks, poets, activists and saints from Italy’s distant, and not so distant past, brought to life by the creative team: artist Sam Cranstoun; writer Mary-Rose MacColl and photographer Jacqueline Bawtree

Artist Talk: Literally 'Impossible Conversations'

Artist Sam Cranstoun, writer Mary-Rose MacColl  and photographer Jacqueline Bawtree come together to discuss the challenging and often moving process of capturing in word and image the intimate, curious exchanges of the ‘Impossible Conversations’ project.

About Impossible Conversations

Real people, historical figures, imagined dialogues …

Museum of Brisbane  partnered with QPAC to create a series of Impossible Conversations, connecting contemporary Australians living in Brisbane with celebrated figures from Italian history.

After a community call-out, nine individuals were selected and over a period of months shared their imagined conversations, their questions and sense of connection and interest with Sam, Mary-Rose and Jacqueline, who then realised these cross-cultural, cross-continental and cross-generational conversations in words and images.

The stunning results can be viewed in Museum of Brisbane exhibition Sam Cranstoun: Impossible Conversations, 10 Oct 2018 – 31 Mar 2019,  and in the QPAC tunnel from November 2018.

The commission was developed to celebrate the 2018 QPAC International Series featuring Italy’s iconic Teatro alla Scala ballet company and explores the enduring legacy of Italian culture across all aspects of our contemporary lives.

The participants and their iconic Italian figures

Marie Kathleen Fitzgibbon with film and stage actress Giulietta Masina
Sara Capacci with astronomer and scientist Galileo Galilei
Liana Cantarutti with adventurer and author Giacomo Casanova
Massimo Ficca with poet Dante Alighieri
Kira Boardman with painter and architect Giorgio Vasari
Dominique Rizzo with Saint Agatha, the saint of Siciliy
Mihai Romanciuc with politician, journalist and activist Marco Pannella
Jacqueline Bawtree with Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi 
Canio Muscillo with his Nonno Michele Romano



All images: Sam Cranstoun Impossible Conversations series 2018, watercolour.  Artwork courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery.