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Tristen Harwood

Autoportrait

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 […]

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 […]

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

Stages

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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un Podcast No. 1: STEVEN RHALL

Born in Geelong, Steven Rhall has undertaken residencies at the Bunjilaka Redevelopment Project at Melbourne Museum, the Institute of Koori Education at Deakin University, Centre of Contemporary Photography with Horsham Regional Art Gallery, and Australian Grains Genebank for Climarte in 2015. He has exhibited work at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Counihan Gallery, the NGV, Mildura […]

Laura Couttie

Caves Off-site

Artists: Olga Bennett, Lily Benson, Fernando do Campo, William Daniels, Naomi Eller, Andrea Jewell, Annika Koops, Alex Pittendrigh, Daniel Sinsel, Ross Taylor, Michelle Ussher, Anna Varendorff, Rudi Williams, Zilverster (Sharon Goodwin & Irene Hanenbergh) Curators: Storm Gold and Kez Hughes It would be hard to talk about the CAVES off-site project, curated by Directors Storm […]

Alana Hunt

Beautiful (in)Justice

The walls and floors of the Supreme Court in Darwin are filled with works of art that speak of a very clear curatorial intention to illustrate the history of the legal system and its relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Northern Territory. This is an undeniably fraught history and present. The […]

Tristen Harwood

The Conversational Cosmos

Artists: Melanie Bonajo, Pony Express, Benjamin Forster, Karen Kramer, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Alexandra Navratil, and Rachel Pimm with Lori E. Allen Curator: Laura McLean Attentive to the ecological devastation that marks the present, The Conversational Cosmos aims to produce a site for shared experience across species and disciplines. It disrupts the invented hierarchical culture-nature divide, […]

Con Gerakaris

Redlands Konica Minolta

Artists (listed in established-emerging pairings): Zanny Begg and Shivanjani Lal; Damiano Bertoli and Anna Higgins; Jon Campbell and Kenny Pittock; Barbara Cleveland and Get to Work; DAMP and Pitcha Makin Fellas; Diena Georgetti and Spencer Harvie; Agatha Gothe-Snape and Ella Sutherland; David Haines & Joyce Hinterding and Niall Robb; Laresa Kosloff and Jessie Bullivant; Nicholas […]

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un Projects’ Letter to the Senate Committee

As was widely reported, the way in which the Federal Government supports the Australia Council changed dramatically this year. A total of $105 million, around 15 per cent of the Council’s budget, will be diverted to a new fund called the National Program of Excellence in Arts (NPEA) where grants are decided by the federal […]