Review

The Promised Land

Michael Armitage

By Lucie Reeves-Smith — 13 August, 2019

A fortnight of equatorial downpours preceded the opening of Michael Armitage’s solo exhibition, The Promised Land, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. With a heavy blanket of humidity cast across the city, this oppressive atmosphere seemed to sit comfortably alongside the bright colours and rotting surfaces of his paintings. Slick and warm, the…

I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead

Beatrice Gibson

By Holly Isemonger — 9 August, 2019

We’re on a packed train on the London underground and Beatrice Gibson is having a panic attack. Her confessional voiceover is paired with images of destruction, global turmoil, family footage of kids playing, and domestic life. Through this kaleidoscopic collage of life in the 21st century, I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead (2018) asks:…

I love you Melissa

Group Exhibition

By June Miskell — 23 July, 2019

‘Embracing a love ethic means that we utilize all the dimensions of love in our everyday lives.’ bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions (2001), p. 94   ‘Love’ remains devoid of a singular definition. Manifesting in many forms—be it ‘care, commitment, trust, responsibility, respect and knowledge’, love is more than something we feel, it…

Contemporary Recalcitrants

curated by James Gatt

By Naomi Riddle — 19 July, 2019

‘Recalcitrant’ is one of those four syllable words that’s fun to say out loud. It’s a mouthful of stones, a jumble of hard-edged consonants that mimic the word’s definition: disobedient, difficult, wayward, wilful, and above all, uncooperative. Contemporary Recalcitrants, curated by James Gatt, brings together the works of Christopher Hanrahan, Anthony Johnson, Elizabeth Pulie and…

Ok Democracy, we need to talk

Group Exhibition

By Rebecca Hall — 17 July, 2019

In place of a wall text, OK Democracy, We Need to Talk leads with a TV screen that plays a brief, simulated text conversation—a digital quarrel—between the curators and ‘Democracy’: I think things could be better between us. You’ve changed… OMG…is this a conversation or a provocation!? It is both—according to the extended curatorial statement…

One Child Nation

Nanfu Wang &

Jialing Zhang

By Claire Cao — 5 July, 2019

The birth of Communist China heralded an explosion of life. Cocooned in the monumental shadows of the Gate of Heavenly Peace, Mao Zedong publicly avowed that a greater population meant greater power for his fledgling state. Like blood haemorrhaging from a cut, births increased—by the late ‘70s, China had a population of more than 900…

My Nudity Means Nothing

Marina de Van

By Eloise Grills — 2 July, 2019

  In the pre-Jackie period, when I was on Tinder, my friend and I engaged in a contest to see how many people we could sleep with.     I only amassed four bedpost notches before I quit. I am a bad dater. I hate going out, sleeping in beds that aren’t mine.    …

Club 4A

Curated by Mathew Spisbah

and Rainbow Chan

By Amelia Zhou — 18 June, 2019

I am dancing in the club and thinking how many times I’ve gone out wishing I’d stayed in. Earlier, I read Summer Kim Lee’s article on obliged forms of sociability. Her conception of ‘staying in’ is a refutation against the exhaustive demand to be active in any given moment. It can be a politics of…

Witkacy & Malinowski: a cinematic séance in 23 scenes

John Gillies

By Tyler Patterson — 11 June, 2019

On the first day of spring in 1914, a train tore through the Australian countryside en route to Toowoomba from Brisbane. Belching smoke and swallowing shovelful after shovelful of coal, it carried the anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski, who was touring Australia with the British Association for the Advancement of Science Congress, and his childhood friend—the artist-playwright…