Blake Prize Tour - Jewish Museum, MelbourneMELBOURNE: Shoufay Derz’s video work ‘Depart without Return’ features in The Blake Prize Tour at The Jewish Museum of Australia until 28 July 2013.

The Jewish Museum is at 26 Alma Rd, St Kilda, just a short stroll from tram stop 32 on St Kilda rd ( Routes 3 or 67).

“The Depart without return series is a personal reflection on death and the meaning of emptiness. The elegiac photographs are both a lament on the transience of life and a celebration of its mystery. Intensely process-driven, elemental and alchemical, this work harnesses the life cycle of silk moths and pure indigo pigment. Derz is interested in how absence is articulated through marks of presence and how the visual artist uses the known to depict the unknown just as the writer uses words to express the ineffable.”