Tag: Group exhibition

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…

Do you know this feeling?

Curated by

Sebastian Henry-Jones

By June Miskell — 8 March, 2019

This text is in dialogue with the exhibition Do You Know This Feeling? at Firstdraft. Curated by Sebastian Henry-Jones, the exhibition featured the work of Arben Dzika, Athena Thebus, Cee Powell, Chi Tran, Cristine Brache, Frontyard, IchikawaEdward, JD Reforma and Trinh T. Minh-Ha. This text riffs off JD Reforma’s work Why should I be sad?…

Borrowed Scenery & Nevertheless, she persisted

Group Exhibitions

By Nadia Odlum — 1 March, 2019

To say that discussions of gender equality were prevalent in 2018 would be a gross understatement. Marches, movements, protests, trials and new accusations brought these conversations to the fore—both locally and internationally—and in the arts as much as in other sectors. As we move into 2019, two Sydney exhibitions are ensuring that these conversations stay…

The Public Body .03

Group Exhibition

By Paul Kelaita — 12 October, 2018

There’s a provocative question asked in one of the many video works in The Public Body .03 that lasts for only a second—‘but what if a species is nothing more than a set of relationships?’ The question appears in Korakrit Arunanondchai’s ‘with history in a room filled with people with funny names 4’ (2017), a…

Daneha

Group Exhibition

By Abdul Karim Hekmat — 14 September, 2018

‘Modern Western culture is in large part the work of exiles, émigrés, refugees.’ Edward Said, ‘Reflections on Exile’ (1984)   In a half-darkened space at Blacktown Arts in Western Sydney, you see two vests hanging on the gallery wall. They are reminiscent of the vests worn by suicide bombers, and a few grenade-shaped objects protrude…

Session Vessels

Organised by Rafaela

Pandolfini & Ainslie Templeton

By Lily Golightly — 23 August, 2018

This text is in dialogue with the exhibition Session Vessels at Airspace Gallery, and is the next instalment in RD’s feature series of paratextual responses. Organised by Rafaela Pandolfini and Ainslie Templeton, Session Vessels featured the work of twenty artists and collectives from Australia and the US.  I planted a wattle tree in our front yard in November…

The Burrangong Affray

Jason Phu & John

Young Zerunge

By Soo-Min Shim — 8 August, 2018

Author’s note:  CW—racism, assault, rape   This month, I walked into the University of Sydney and was greeted by angry black scrawls of graffiti on the bus stops: ‘No More G**ks’. I immediately recoiled from a caricature of an Asian face with slanted eyes. A ‘Stop the Asian Invasion’ tag was found on three different…

Measured Response

Curated by

Emily McDaniel

By Emma-Kate Wilson — 20 July, 2018

To experience the group exhibition Measured Response, curated by Emily McDaniel and now on view at NAS Gallery, is to become decidedly aware of your own body in space. At one point I stand in the middle of a series of works that are taller than my 6ft frame: Lorraine Connelly-Northey’s ‘Possum skin cloak’ (2018),…