Category : Documentation

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Gallery 3.5 | Installation view of Fiona Pardington’s Ahua: A beautiful hesitation 2010, Artur Żmijewski’s Democracies 2009, Parastou Forouhar’s Swanrider 2004 and Tony Albert’s Sorry 2008 | Photography by Natasha Harth

Democracies | Gallery 3.5

While modern nation states are often predicated on democratic ideals, the pursuit of equal rights continues to be of critical importance throughout the world. Polish artist Artur Zmijewski’s 20-channel video installation Democracies 2009 features public demonstrations and celebrations in eastern …

21st Century: Art in the First Decade
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Gallery 3.5 and Gallery foyer | Installation view of Louise Weaver’s Phoenix, Indian Blue Peacock 2008–09, Fiona Hall’s Tender 2003-06, Paola Pivi’s One Love 2007 and The Tissue Culture and Art Project’s Odd Neolifism 2010 | Photography by Natasha Harth

The art animal | Gallery foyer & Gallery 3.5

In the last decade, there has been a heightened awareness manifested by artists of the relationships between humans, other animals and the environment. Many artists are contributing to contemporary art museum bestiaries of live, dead, photographed and filmed animals, and …


Gallery 2.1 | Installation view of Arlo Mountford’s The Folly 2007-09, Brook Andrew’s The Island V 2008, Ricky Swallow’s Killing Time 2003–04 and Bill Henson’s Untitled 2008–09 | Photography by Natasha Harth

Art histories | Gallery 2.1

The art of the 21st century constantly expands the frameworks of inclusion, tracing new histories and geographies. The idea of art history as a singular progressive current of stylistic developments has been increasingly questioned and challenged. Rather than heralding ‘the …


Gallery 3.3 & 3.4 | Installation view of Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus garden 1966/2002 | Photography by Natasha Harth

“What we see is the generation of numerous regional histories, each faithful to the textures of its floating point of origin, that are nonetheless woven across each other, so that none may be fully understood without reference to the others with which it overlaps.” Nancy Adajania

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Gallery 3.3 & 3.4 | Installation view of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s Lightning for Neda 2009 and Isaac Julien’s WESTERN UNION: Small Boats 2007 | Photography by Natasha Harth

Constellations of culture and history | Gallery 3.3 & 3.4

Some of the key ideas emerging through artists’ works in the ‘21st Century’ exhibition include the rethinking of history in terms of a multitude of aesthetic genealogies; the changing experiences and understandings of geography at local, regional and global levels; …