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Katie West

OCTOPUS 18: Mother Tongue

Curator: Kimberley Moulton Artists: Joi Arcand (Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Canada), Megan Cope (Quandamooka), Kirsten Lyttle ( Waikato, Tainui A Whiro, Ngaati Tahinga, NZ (Melbourne based)), Vicki Couzens (Kirrae Wurrong), Lisa Hilli (Makurategete Vunatarai (clan) Tolai / Gunantuna people of Papua New Guinea) and Nakia Cadd. If you have ever had the experience of sitting […]

Carmen Ansaldo

Pepai Jangala Carroll

In April 2017, accompanied by a small convoy of artists and arts workers, Pintupi man Pepai Jangala Carroll embarked on a unique and momentous return to country. He travelled over 800 kilometres from his home in Pukatja (Ernabella, South Australia) to the birthplace of his father, Henry Paripata Tjampitjinpa. The journey’s two major destinations of […]

Gemma Watson

DEAD WEIGHT: Luisa Hansal

On my way to Cool Change Contemporary I stopped into Uniqlo, which had three days prior opened a two-storey shopfront in Perth’s Murray Street Mall. On Thursday there had been a queue, and there was still a dense bustle of people fondling linens and poly-cotton, apologising or not for the accidental sharp contact of elbows. […]

Abbra Kotlarczyk

MY MOTHER’S LABOUR: Darcey Bella Arnold

**An ellipsis is a figure of return that isn’t symmetrical*** ‘“To live elliptically” is to ask a question rather than formulate an answer; a “shrug” is a rhetorical response to a non-rhetorical question of the body – an embodied letting go of future promises in favor of life in the durative present’.[^1] — Darren Byler […]

Dr Suzanne Fraser

TERMINUS: Jess Johnson and Simon Ward

When an artist uses new materials, techniques or technologies in their practice, the conventions of experience and analysis are inevitably destablised for the audience. Regardless of whether the innovations are new to human knowledge or simply new to the artist, the shield of expectation – I know what to expect from this painting/from this play/from […]

Tristen Harwood

Putting Out

The broad thematic parameters of labour, sex and the relationship between the two, place the group exhibition ‘Putting Out’ at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in a position to explore how bodies are constituted and governed by sex-gender regimes under the constellation of late global capitalism. In ‘Putting Out’ this wide scope has resulted in an exhibition […]

Josephine Mead

The Eyes That Saw Her Were Closed

The discourse that defines and supports the discipline of architectural studies has historically focused its attention on the study and veneration of great men and great monuments, a focus that has erased the contributions of many women in the field.[^1] – Elizabeth Joy Birmingham, 2000 Sculptor Tracey Lamb pushes back against the erasure of women […]

Elyse Goldfinch

Sense

Artists: Emily Parsons-Lord X Laure Prouvost Sense is something universally experienced and yet so intimately felt it’s often impossible to describe. To touch skin, taste fresh fruit, hear a whisper vibrate in your ear, to see and smell the threatening beauty of billowing smoke is at once familiar and transformative. It is through our perpetually […]

Studio

Rosie Isaac // Slurry Mass

Rosie Isaac is an artist and a writer. She makes performances, texts and sculptures and is particularly interested in authority, morality, language and myth. Recently her works have been made in and about a church, a library, a courtroom and a hotel. In ‘Slurry Mass’ Rosie discusses ideas around public and private spaces in relation […]

Abdul Abdullah

Between Suns

Artists: Mona Ibrahim, SHivanjani Lal, James Nguyen, Khaled Sabsabi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt. I’ve only lived in Sydney for four years, but I know Paddington isn’t really a place you go looking for the migrant experience of five brown Australian artists. Even though the galleries clustered in the area have always been relatively welcoming, getting to them […]

Jacqui Shelton

EAVESDROPPING: silence is what allows you to hear everything here

Curators: Joel Stern (Liquid Architecture) and Dr James Parker (Melbourne Law School) Exhibiting artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan; Samson Young; Susan Schup­pli; Athana­sius Kircher; Fayen d’Evie and Jen Bervin with Bryan Phillips and Andy Slater; Joel Spring; Manus Record­ing Project Col­lec­tive: Samad Abdul, Farhad Ban­desh, Behrouz Boochani, André Dao, Michael Green, Shamin­dan Kana­padhi, Abdul Aziz Muhamat, […]

Laura Couttie

Tarrawarra Biennial: From Will To Form

Artists: Belle Bassin (VIC); Vicki Couzens (VIC); Naomi Eller (VIC); Artists from Erub Arts (Torres Strait); Starlie Geikie (VIC); Agatha Gothe-Snape (NSW); Julie Gough (TAS); Dale Harding (QLD); Claire Lambe (VIC); Lindy Lee (NSW); Bridie Lunney (VIC); Rob McLeish (VIC); John Meade (VIC); Sanné Mestrom (VIC); Alison Murray (QLD); Michelle Nikou (SA); Kusum Normoyle (NSW); […]

Sophie O'Brien

Floodplain

Artist: James Geurts Curator: Simon Maidment Floodplain, James Geurts’ recent exhibition at the NGV Australia, continues an ongoing investigation into the unseen impacts that human cultures and the natural environment have had on one another. Via a practice initiated with on-site drawing that expands into historical research, site-specific installations, documentary-based photography and the subversion of […]

Kathleen Linn

Session Vessels

Artists: Ander Rennick, Annie Wu, Bette Gordon, Catherine Flora Murray, Kathy Acker, Keith Lafuente, Kiki Ando, Hana Shimada, Jim Singline, Laura/Deanna Fanning, Lauren Kerjan, Lucreccia Quintanilla, Maison the Faux, Megan Hanson, Nox with Michel Henritzi, Selby Nimrod, Simonne Goran, Terence Sellers, Women’s History Museum and Zhuxuan He. Curators: Rafaela Pandolfini with Ainslie Templeton. Session Vessels, […]

Studio

Taree Mackenzie // Pepper’s Ghost

Taree Mackenzie’s practice investigates the perceptual effects of colour, light and space. Taree constructs DIY interactive kinetic sets that use basic visual devices to create live feeds. These live feeds are projected and act like paintings, challenging our habitual modes of looking. In ‘Pepper’s Ghost’ Taree discusses colour mixing with light, scale in relation to […]

Sophia Cai

The Burrangong Affray

Artists: Jason Phu and John Young Zerunge Historian: Karen Schamberger Curators: Micheal Do and Mikala Tai A historian, two curators, and two artists travel to Young, NSW. This is not the set-up for a bad joke, but the culmination of an exhibition more than ten years in the making. The Burrangong Affray at 4A Centre […]

Rosemary Overell

What Should I Do Now, With My Hands?

Artist: Beth Caird It’s a funny thing about hands. Hands are for holding. That’s a greeting card – right? For gripping things, maybe, or hanging on for dear life. They might tap out a text message. … Thx. … I’m home now hbu. … The last text message I sent was: helllllllo. I put a […]

Neika Lehman

Terror Nullius

Artist: Soda_Jerk The condemnation of TERROR NULLIUS (2018) by its funder, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, is well known by now and has many of Australia’s cultural elites calling out in well-rehearsed shock: How can this be considered radical? This is no surprise for us, this is the Australia we live in! I agree, they […]

Lana Lopesi

Digital Launima

Artist: Vea Mafileʻo A union of old and new is the very crux of Vea Mafileʻo’s latest solo exhibition Digital Launima at ST PAUL St Gallery in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. In just over sixteen minutes Mafileʻo weaves, layers and cuts over fifteen years of footage together into a single moving image work titled When will […]

Léuli Eshrāghi

Witnessing

Where We Stand (2018) choreographed by Isabella Whāwhai Mason (Ngāti Tukorehe, Te Ātiawa), performed by Ngioka Bunda-Heath (Wakka Wakka, Ngugi, Biripi), Pauline Vetuna (Tolai/Gunantuna), Hannah Troth (Aeta), Janina Asiedu (Akan Akyen), Fallon Te Paa (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whātua, Te Ātihaunui-a-Papārangi, Manihiki), Kathleen Campone (Italian, Irish, English, Scottish), Jazmyn Carter (English, Irish, Scottish, Yugoslavian), Anika De […]

Soo-Min Shim

Site Of Passage

Artists: Atong Atem, Cigdem Aydemir, Anindita Banerjee, Liam Benson, Vonda Keji, Nikki Lam, Nicole Monks, Raquel Ormella and Christian Thompson Curators: Claire Field and Tian Zhang When my family immigrated to Australia in 2003, we went on a guided tour around Sydney’s Circular Quay. As a six-year-old, this was my first sighting of Customs House: […]

Rosemary Overell

Two Cups And A Jimmy’s Mince And Cheese Pie Wrapper

Artist: Jay Hutchinson ‘… and they actually still eat meat pies here! Yes – the women too … yes meat pies …’ Meat pies. That’s a little #flashbackfriday from me calling … My sister? My mother? Anyway, calling somebody after I first moved to Ōtepoti Dunedin. They still eat meat pies. Away from the spaces […]

Tristen Harwood

Memories Of Underdevelopment: Art And The Decolonial Turn In Latin America, 1960–1985

Hope seems absent when an exhibition featuring around 400 works by more than sixty artists situates decolonisation in the past. Memories of Underdevelopment: Art and the Decolonial Turn in Latin America, 1960–1985 (22 March – 09 September 2018) at Museo Jumex in Mexico City examines a shift in Latin American visual arts towards decolonial thought […]

Studio

Kalinda Vary // Paralleling Emotions

Kalinda Vary’s practice explores ideas of emotionality, vulnerability and power, humour and humiliation, constraints of language and the problems with representations of identity. Her recent work concentrates on queer concerns of the body, performance within social structures and imposed cultural identities. In ‘Paralleling Emotions’ Kalinda discusses using humour as a tool, her experience of art […]