Who Says Your Feelings Have to Make Sense (2016), Aspassio Haronitaki, Exhibition view, Mona. Photo: Mona/Rémi Chauvin.
Since opening in 2011, the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Hobart, Australia, has put man’s biological impulses and realities at the heart of its curatorial mission. Mona’s founder David Walsh declared infamously that the only relevant themes in contemporary art (and the ones guiding his personal collection) were sex and death. Newspaper headlines responded with glee. Richard Flanagan, a prominent Tasmanian author and Man Booker Prize winner, commented pointedly in a 2013 New Yorker profile of Walsh and Mona that: ‘In its free-flowing associations, Mona owes as much to the Web as it does to the past, and a visitor doesn’t so much visit Mona as surf it. It is as if the museum in its entirety were the art work.’