un Projects is based on the unceded sovereign land and waters of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation; we pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
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Rosie Isaac

Defunctionalised Autonomous Objects

I heard a story on the radio the other day about a man who had had a medical device, a pump, implanted under his skin. After some time the pump broke and began beeping to indicate its malfunction. The device was not removed and the man lived with the beep beep beep for years. I […]

Léuli Eshrāghi

Faʻamālamalama mo tātou uma: 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

In a context of extreme political turns, climate catastrophe and renewed militouristic exploitation of lands and waters first known in kinship by First Nations across the Great Ocean, a number of works presented in the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) provide […]

Jeremy Eaton

Brent Harris / John Meade

Over the course of their art practices, Brent Harris and John Meade have each worked to develop an idiosyncratic visual language that resists the linguistic framing of much artistic practice. The artists’ work is not embedded in rote learnt cultural theory – rather, it speaks with a knowing, reflexive quality expressed through graphic forms, historical […]

Olivia Koh

anywhere … everywhere

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) is an annual exhibition held at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) since 1984. Comprised of emerging and established artists, the exhibition is developed from an open call-out, this year selected by a panel of three curators: Clothilde Bullen, Hetti Perkins […]

Sophie Rose

Class Act

Curator Tirdad Zolghadr once remarked that if you are working class in the arts you feel inadequate, and if you are middle class you feel embarrassed.[^1] Provocateur that he is, Zolghadr’s passing comment hits a nerve. Why is class so hard to talk about? Why is it that with such a sophisticated vocabulary on racial […]

Rosie Overell

MARIE SHANNON: Rooms found only in the home

SORRY FOR BEING GRUMPY Standing alone in Te Puno O Waiwhetū (Christchurch Art Gallery), I snapped this detail from Marie Shannon’s work and sent it somebody (text accompaniment: ‘NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL: art’). It was meant to be a kind of witty apology – stealing someone else’s words to make light of the kind […]

Lana Lopesi

From where I stand, my eye will send a light to you in the North

Artists: John Akomfrah (Ghana/UK), Fernando Arias (Colombia), Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Kiluanji Kia Henda (Angola), Runo Lagomarsino (Sweden/Brazil), Sarah Munro (Aotearoa, NZ), Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria/Belgium), Siliga David Setoga (Aotearoa, NZ), Jasmine Togo-Brisby (Australia/Aotearoa, NZ), Jian Jun Xi (China) Curator: Gabriela Salgado Under what conditions does the Global South become relevant? Originally conceived to replace and […]

Julian Day

Rest Area

Homesickness, but there’s no home to go to. On this overcast Sunday evening I recall curator Jeff Khan’s phrase from an artist’s panel the previous day. His throwaway line lingers, as if he said it directly to me. Do I still have a home? If so, where is it? It’s the final night of Khan’s […]

Megan Cope

The Commute

Artists: Natalie Ball (Modoc, Klamath, Black), Hannah Brontë (Yaegel), Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv, Klahoose), Chantal Fraser (Sāmoa), Lisa Hilli (Gunantuna), Carol McGregor (Wathaurung, Scottish), Ahilapalapa Rands (Kanaka Maoli, iTaukei Viti, Pākehā), and T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss (Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh, Stó:lō, Irish, Métis, Kanaka Maoli, Swiss) Curators: Freja Carmichael (Quandamooka), Sarah Biscarra Dilley (yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini Northern […]

Rosemary Forde

Dissident Assemblies

Artists: DUDSAPCE with Lou Hubbard, Katie West, Kim Donaldson, Makiko Yamamoto, Sean Dockray & Benjamin Forster, Simone Slee and Yuval Rosinger (Pee Pee and Poo Poo Gallery) In the exhibition Dissident Assemblies KINGS Artist-Run have taken a self-reflexive approach to celebrate the fifteenth year of the organisation, inviting artists to ‘work within and respond to […]

Amelia Winata

In Prato

Artists: Laresa Kosloff, Foster and Berean, Stuart Ringholt and David Rosetzky Curator: Chelsea Hopper In recent years, the residency has taken on new and greater proportions as a rite of passage for artists. Next to the biennale, it encapsulates the ripest combination of travel and art, the height of cultural tourism. Of the various residencies […]

Serena Bentley

Gertrude Abercrombie

Artist: Gertrude Abercrombie Curator: Karma Gallery with Dan Nadel There was a particular passage in Roald Dahl’s The Witches that haunted me as a child. A young girl was placed under a spell by a malevolent witch and became trapped in an oil painting hanging in her home. Each day she’d appear in a different […]

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 […]

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); […]

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 […]