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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Heavy Duty

Illegal Dumping or Public Art: A HEAVY DUTY Critique on ‘Public’ Space

We started HEAVY DUTY in the second half of 2020. The world was in a constant state of clash, but fortunately for us in Boorloo our geographic isolation allowed for a relative sense of ease. People previously living abroad were returning to the safety of the Boorloo dome, bringing with them stories of Covid-19 from […]

Mayma Awaida

Death becomes us

Thinking back to my first visit to However Vast the Darkness atJohn Curtin Gallery in March, I now remember that moment as being unusually bookended by the subject of death. In the months prior to seeing the exhibition, death seemed to be a recurring theme in my life; a sequence that I can only describe […]

Andy Butler

The Weight of Expectation

So far the 2020s have been the decade of the ‘water’ and‘decolonial’ biennial. Everyone’s doing it — bringing togetherIndigenous and non-white artists against the loose themes of‘flows of resistance’ or the like, attempting to make sense in amoment of intersecting and layered crises. Questions aroundinstitutional transformation, curatorial activism, representation,the environment, climate change, equality, and how […]

Ane Tonga

Posession, Separation, Homecoming: Resistance in the Work of Jasmine Togo-Brisby

How can a culture move forward if it does not have access to itspast? For Jasmine Togo-Brisby, a fourth-generation AustralianSouth Sea Islander (ASSI) with ancestral lineage to the Vanuatuislands of Ambae and Santo, artistic constructions of the past create routes and roots to imagine ASSI futurities. Togo-Brisby’s practice recuperates cultural memory to unveil the complex […]

Aaqila

Trans women craft worlds we find home in: a conversation with Mossy 333

Before we had even met, I had a peripheral appreciation forMossy 333’s work. I knew Mossy to be an artist workingresourcefully within her means to produce boundary-pushingwork across tattoo, painting and performance. Her relocationback to Boorloo from Naarm in 2020 was the latent beginningto a friendship grounded in a mutual witnessing of growth and staunch […]

Timmah Ball

Conversations with artists

1. He ate the scone aggressively while his girlfriend viewed theother installations in the gallery. He was unsure how long shewould take to assemble an appropriate amount of material forthe review she was commissioned to write. As he continuedeating, he barely noticed that there was someone watching himin the corner; their white slip dress blended […]

Rasheeda Wilson

In Pursuit of New Australian Muslim Stories: An annotated Bibliography

My annotated bibliography contains carefully selected textsand images that, over time, have become crucial to my practice as a writer and researcher. As someone who identifies as an Australian Muslim, many of the works that have resonated with me are those that discuss issues and topics that are close to my heart and my own […]

Emily Mulvihill

Annotated Bibliography

Walking around the gallery space with an art conservator’s eyesight, I see paintings in a very specific way. I always start with colour. I see warmth or coolness. The vibrations or the movements. The dust, dirt and grime settled atop the canvas’ surface. I see the artists’ choices in the brushstrokes – what is original […]

Yuki Kihara, Natalie King, Iona Gordon and Allan Haeweng

Paradise Camp Reading Group

During severe lockdown in 2020, a group of us formed a Pacific Reading Group comprising Yuki Kihara (interdisciplinary artist who is representing Aotearoa New Zealand at 59th Venice Biennale 2022), Natalie King (curator of Yuki Kihara: Paradise Camp), Ioana Gordon-Smith (Wellington-based assistant curator for the Venice Biennale) and Allan Haeweng (Kanak curator in New Caledonia). […]

Thomas Solomon-Kuiper

Seed Catalogue

Seed CatalogueWelcome to the un Magazine catalogue of flower seeds. Made available within are nineteen beings, each having persisted from the earliest of mail order catalogues through to their last. Each entry tells a plant story in language made possible through their growth and together they could even make a garden. I hope you will […]

KINK

Texts for a queer art history

Kink is a cross-disciplinary working group researching and formalising a history of queer Australian art. Our work is defined by an interest in publishing, scholarship, advocacy, and public access. We are deeply passionate about generating new and open resources for and about the Australian LGBTQIA+ visual arts community. Below, each of our group’s current members […]

Lou Garcia-Dolnik

citations for a dream

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Caitlin Franzmann and Amaara Raheem

Fortunes of the Forest: Plant Readings

by Caitlin Franzmann and Amaara Raheem Caitlin and Amaara sit on the quartz sandstone ridges of Karawatha Forest surrounded by Eucalypts. Sinking into geological time, the folding rocks and plant fossils enfold their skin, their senses. The rocks tell of ancient floods and volcanic eruptions. Stories of connection to Country exist both in the landscape […]

Trent Crawford and Stanton Cornish-Ward

In A World Full Of Angels [if you can’t find one, be one]

The following texts and filmic references were instrumental in the creation of In a World Full of Angels (2022), a short film commissioned by Gertrude Contemporary that is currently available to view online as part of their Digital Commissions program. Channelled by the film’s main character, a pilgrim skydiver, these texts and filmic references have […]

Gabrielle Bergman

When I Joined a Reading Group

by Gabrielle Bergman Earlier this year I joined an art theory reading group. In between work commitments, navigating a pregnancy, completing a second university degree and managing an interstate relocation, I was determined to find time to meet with a group of students to learn and engage in art discourse for the pure purpose of […]

Adele Wilkes

Hypnagogia Hyphae, Spectral Synaesthesia, Animist Anamnesis

ED: Do you own a video camera?RENEE MADISON: No. Fred hates them. FRED MADISON: I like to remember things my own way.ED: What do you mean by that? FRED MADISON: How I remembered them. Not necessarily the way they happened. – David Lynch, Lost Highway (1997) As a child I had a photographic memory. If […]

Lucreccia Quintanilla and Meredith Turnbull

Collective Memory: a conversation between

MEREDITH Always be recording. LULU Yeah, every time. But yeah, they’re all super different. And some of them are guided by one person. It’s super significant that Torika would do Community Reading Room on her own. I feel this is a very community view, almost an aunty role. MEREDITH This is a sort of a […]

Jade Irvine

Ultimate Kylie

It was the night of Limbo Party’s queer ‘YEEHAW’ night and I was sick as a dog. My boyfriend had gone to a friend’s wedding that night. Originally, we’d both been attending – oh Covid restrictions! I tucked myself into bed, feeling sorry for myself after being uninvited. Maybe they think I’m too messy. I […]

Ella Mudie

On shaky ground: notes on the precarity of online research and the digital archive

As the severity of Covid-19 restrictions have been dialled up and down over the past two years, one rule with a significant impact on my work as an independent writer remained a constant: university libraries largely barred physical access to non-students. This has been the case for most Sydney campuses at least and it’s only […]

Milly Mitchell-Anyon

From Time to Time

Burn, Ian. ‘Is Art History Any Use to Artists?’ In Dialogue: Writings in Art History, 1–14. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1991. This essay has entered my life on several occasions, and every time I read it I interpret it slightly differently. Burn’s essay hypothesises that, fundamentally, there’s a disconnect between art making and the making […]

Johanna Ellersdorfer

Condition Report

TITLE [untitled] ceramic cup ARTIST/MAKER Pauline Hoerboer DATE OF MANUFACTURE c. 2017 DATE OF REPORT February 2022 DIMENSIONS H 90 W 100 D 86 mm CURRENT LOCATION Kitchen cupboard above the microwave, second shelf from the bottom, to the left. KNOWN PROVENANCE Purchased at Kali Tengah, The Hague, 2017. Description A small ceramic vessel designed […]

Brian Martin

Agency & Place

Uncle Charles Moran, Uncle Greg Harrington, and Norm Sheehan. ‘On Country Learning.’ Design and Culture 10, no. 1, (2018): 71–9. Graham, Mary. ‘Understanding Human Agency in Terms of Place.’ PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature, no. 3 (2009): 71–7. These two seminal writings step out the importance of Place (Country) and its reconfiguration into and around the […]

Bree Di Mattina

The Subversive Stitch: an unfolding legacy

The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the making of the feminine (1984) by Roszika Parker is a seminal text in contemporary textile and fibre art discourse. Centring on the history of embroidery and the role it played in the construction of the ‘feminine,’ the work has weathered much criticism since its original publication in 1984. While […]

Michael Brown

Black Box: A Curriculum of the Unhuman

Précis – In December 2021 ad agency Clemenger BBDO announced a collaboration with art collective Glue Society and the University of Tasmania for Earth’s Black Box, a large steel vault recording ongoing climate data much like a plane’s flight recorder. Drawing on this project, I reconceptualise the ‘black box’ – as container of knowledge but […]