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Pauline Rotsaert

In Conversation with Félicia Atkinson

Félicia Atkinson is a visual artist, an experimental musician and the co-publisher of the independent imprint Shelter Press and curatorial platform Argument with Bartolomé Sanson. Her works explores improvisation, fiction, instant composition, noise, abstraction and poetry. Born 1981 in Paris, Félicia graduated with Honors from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. Her paintings, drawings, […]

Kimberley Moulton


Artist: Warraba Weatherall In August I was invited to preview the exhibition InstitutionaLies by Warraba Weatherall at Metro Arts Brisbane. Warraba and acting curator Llewellyn Millhouse walked Brisbane-based Quandamooka curator Freja Carmichael and I through the exhibition. We were both left speechless. I am familiar with Warraba’s work, having followed his mural and street art […]

Amelia Winata

Skulptur Projekte MÜnster

For Issey Miyake-clad curators the world over, 2017 has marked a unique alignment of the stars, a once-a-decade overlapping of Documenta in Kassel, The Venice Biennale and Münster Skulptur Projekte (SPM). While it is safe to say that Venice and Documenta were directed squarely at the art illuminati, SPM was as close to an antithesis […]

Stephen Pham

Apocalypse In Blak

Artists: Paul Gorrie, Neil Morris, Carly Sheppard, Kuan-Hsiang Liu, Sojugang, Alice Skye, Meriki Onus and Dtarneen Onus Williams. Curator: Nayuka Gorrie ‘Black people are experts at surviving,’ announces curator and emcee Nayuka Gorrie, a Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri, and Yorta Yorta writer. She is standing on a stage lined with Australian plants, between curtains emblazoned with […]

Katie West

Octopus 17: Forever Transformed

Artists: Tony Albert, Rushdi Anwar, Sophie Cassar, Tabita Rezaria and Liz Linden. Curators: Georgie Meagher. Is it a measure of resilience to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick biosphere?[^1] Within a biosphere subject to an entanglement of hyperobjects – white supremacy, patriarchy and climate change, just to name a few – finding ways to […]

Kathleen Linn

I Don’t Want To Be There When It Happens

Artists: Raj Kumar, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth and Adeela Sulamen. Curators: Mikala Tai and Kate Warren. I don’t want to be there when it happens takes its title from a work by Adeela Sulamen, and forms a statement of intent for this exhibition at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. The exhibition features the […]

Beth Sometimes, Hannah Ekin, Jorgen Doyle

Apmere angkentye-kenhe – in conversation (part II)

The following is a series of transcribed and edited conversations between producers of ‘Facts on the Ground: a situated reading group’ Hannah Ekin & Jorgen Doyle and Apmere angkentye-kenhe project artist Beth Sometimes. Introduction Apmere angkentye-kenhe – which translates to ‘a place for language’ – is an artist-led social project made in collaboration with Arrernte […]

Luke Letourneau

The Public Body .02

Artists: Francis Alÿs, Brook Andrew, Del Kathryn Barton, Farida Batool, Vivienne Binns, Leigh Bowery, Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser, Christine Dean, Kelly Doley and Diana Baker Smith, Ella Dreyfus, Regina José Galindo, Amala Groom, Samuel Hodge, Geumhyung Jeong, Kate Just, Samson Kambalu, Deborah Kelly, Barbara Kruger, Radha La Bia, Pat Larter, Richard Larter, Leigh Ledare, […]

Beth Sometimes, Hannah Ekin, Jorgen Doyle

Apmere angkentye-kenhe – in conversation (part I)

The following is a series of transcribed and edited conversations between producers of ‘Facts on the Ground: a situated reading group’ Hannah Ekin & Jorgen Doyle and Apmere angkentye-kenhe project artist Beth Sometimes. Introduction Apmere angkentye-kenhe – which translates to ‘a place for language’ – is an artist-led social project made in collaboration with Arrernte […]

Gemma Watson

Dispatch from Perth, WA

Dear un, We had talked over email about this text being a ‘postcard from sunny Perth’, but it’s hailing as I write this and the state deficit for 2017-18 is forecast to be $2 billion. What can I tell you about the state of the arts in Perth, Western Australia? The usual WA line is […]

Isabelle Sully

An Image of Australia in Kassel

Given that this iteration of documenta has been particularly shadowed by calls for political accountability, manifesting in rigorous critique bordering boycott, the exhibition’s title Learning from Athens could perhaps now, in the almost aftermath, be thoroughly reconsidered: What have we learnt from documenta?[^1] Unable to make it to Athens, I recently ventured east to Kassel […]

Kimberley Moulton

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

August is a time of year I really look forward to. It’s not the icy winds and rain of Narrm (Melbourne) or those short days when the sun seems to go to sleep at 4.30pm. It is because I look towards the north and pack my bags for Larrakia country, Darwin. August is a vibrant […]

Lucreccia Quintanilla

Respectable Thief

Artist: Nástio Mosquito We sit in the middle of the front row to watch the thundering that was Nástio Mosquito’s Respectable Thief in late July as part of Season 2 (2017) at the Arts House in the North Melbourne Town Hall. A large shadow appears from behind a screen wall, singing an acapella gospel song. […]

Jennifer Shields

Still, Like Air, I’ll Rise

Artists: Hannah Brontë, Skawennati, Esther Ige, Lisa Reihana, Salote Tawale and Leafa Wilson & Olga Krause Curators: Abby Cunnane and Charlotte Huddleston There is a sea change in the Ōtautahi arts scene. I can only speak to some of it, being Pākehā, but there is definitely change afoot and space is being made. This city […]

Tristen Harwood


Artist: Luke Willis Thompson Within the context shaped by a musket barrel, is there any ethical responsibility besides silence, resistance and cunning?[^1] In the face of brutal violence, survival can be a radical form of resistance. Acting with poise and immediacy, Diamond Reynolds used her smartphone to record and broadcast, via Facebook Live, the moments […]

Alana Hunt

Treading lightly: a conversation between Katie Breckon and Alana Hunt

Alana Hunt: I’m looking to you as a means of engaging with some of my own questions and uncertainties as a non-indigenous artist living in and being increasingly influenced by a community and environment – or perhaps, rather, a world – that is predominately Aboriginal. You and I are on opposite sides of the Kimberley, […]

Adeline Chia

Carte Blanche: Anxiety

Artists: Anang Saptoto, Bambang “Toko” Witjaksono, Cinanti Astria Johansjah, Cut and Rescue, Handiwirman Saptura, Iwan Effendi, Julia Sarisetiati, Kokok P. Sancoko, Krack, Priyanto Sunarto, and R.E. Hartanto. Curator: Grace Samboh Featuring 13 artists from Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Bandung, this is an uneven but energetic exhibition of Indonesian paper works curated by Grace Samboh. Her curatorial […]

Katie Paine


Artist: Georgina Cue In the midst of geometric wooden structures, plush velvet drapery and other theatrical paraphernalia, a woman sits in an exaggerated stance, sheathed in a turban and cascading gown emblazoned with striking painted pleats. Beneath her, champagne satin shrouds a make-shift cardboard floor. Her face is painted a creamy ivory, the contours of […]

Tian Zhang

Looking At Me Through You

Artists: Abdul Abdullah, Andrew Christie, Mona Ibrahim, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, James Nguyen, Pet Projects, Tom Polo, Keren Ruik, Damien Shen, Salote Tawale, Shevaun Wright and 110% Curator: Megan Monte Looking at me through you is a self-reflexive exhibition that responds to Campbelltown, a rapidly changing and developing suburb 50 kms south-west of Sydney’s […]

un Podcast

un Podcast No. 2: SASKIA DOHERTY

Doherty is an artist and writer based in Narrm Melbourne. Her work encompasses sculpture, drawing, writing, performance, sound and installation. Her practice examines and aims to unpack structures that turn memory into static form: etymology, photographs, fossils, institutions. Saskia has exhibited in Australia and overseas since graduating with a BFA (Hons) from Monash University in […]

Lu Forsberg

Material Politics

Artists: Zach Blas and Jemima Wyman, Megan Cope, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Archie Moore, Raquel Ormella, Keg de Souza and Tintin Wulia Curator: Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh In 1986 Peter Cripps, who was then Director of the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), curated Recession Art and Other Strategies.[^1] The exhibition hinged on the […]

Tristen Harwood

The Violence Of Denial

Artists: Vicki Couzens, Julie Gough, Genevieve Grieves, Dianne Jones, r e a Curator: Genevieve Grieves In the simplest terms, the history of colonialism is a history of erasure. The Australian colonial project sought to violently erase Indigenous lifeworlds and at the same time, to conceal this erasure. Authors of colonial history had a vested interest […]

Emma Size

Is David Walsh a total arse or the self-reflexive orchestrator of a critical farce? And does it even matter?

Dark Mofo 2017 was on from 8 – 21 June in Hobart, Tasmania. The Museum of Everything is on 10 June 2017 – 22 April 2018 at MONA. “I actually thought that was a joke”, she replies, as we wait for the ferry to come and take us back from a trip around the exhaustive […]

Alana Hunt

The how, where and to what end: A conversation between Anabelle Lacroix and Alana Hunt

As part of the research project on the cultural economies of Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) in Australia, directed by Maria Miranda at the Victorian College of the Art, Anabelle Lacroix has curated An Act of Showing: Rethinking Artist Run Initiatives Through Place. Maria and Annabelle framed the exhibition as a material conversation between ARIs and […]

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