Maddee Clark
Fiona Foley: Who are these strangers and where are they going?

Fiona Foley: Who are these strangers and where are they going?

Ballarat International Foto Biennale
The Mining Exchange
24 August – 20 October 2019

By Maddee Clark

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale launches with a performance of the title work of Fiona Foley's headlining major solo exhibition, Who are these strangers and where are they going? The song is performed in both Badtjala and English by a group of young local Aboriginal singers. The title work of the show, a new commiss...

Giles Fielke
Karrabing Film Collective: The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland

Karrabing Film Collective: The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland

KINGS Artist-Run, Black_Box
31 August – 21 September, 2019

By Giles Fielke

Entering KINGS Artist-Run on a Wednesday afternoon, I slink past a homeless woman asleep on the sidewalk. Her things are pushed against the front window of a fast-food shop that looks and smells like Subway but isn't. Moments before, I'd jumped off a packed tram at the Southern Cross stop at the top of Bourke Street after skipping one which was overfu...

Aneta Trajkoski
SERIAL

S E R I A L

McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery
29 July – 10 November 2019

By Aneta Trajkoski

The 'serial,' or series, adopts numerous contemporary forms: from binge-worthy television series, countless iterations of Podcasts, ever-expanding adaptations of franchise cinema, to the systematic tendencies that were examined in the recent exhibition A New Order at Buxton Contemporary. Do the conditions of a fast-moving and increasingly chaotic world urge us to seek reprieve, order and famili...

Philip Brophy
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MADA Gallery, Monash University
25 July – 24 August 2019

By Philip Brophy

The exhibition ...(illegible)... offers a fascinating exquisite corpse for conceptual consideration: the sliced intersection between 'queer' and 'abstraction'. Their categorical differences within art channels are manifold: where queer is performative, salacious, interruptive and disingenuine, abstraction is constructural, metaphysical, holistic and earnest. That they are assumed to never categor...

Isabel White
Steaphan Paton: Nullius in Verba

Steaphan Paton: Nullius in Verba

STATION
10 – 31 August 2019

By Isabel White

"Nullius in verba", a latin saying that roughly translates to "take no one's word for it", acts as the title for both this STATION exhibition, and for one of the artworks it presents. Nullius in Verba II-XIII, created by Gunai and Monero Melbourne-based artist, Steaphan Paton, is one of two works in Paton's first STATION show. While this is Paton's first exhibition at the contemporary art gallery in South Yarr...

Max Koetsier
Nessun Posto

Nessun Posto

Trocadero Art Space
Curated by Andreé Ruggeri
7 – 24 August 2019

By Max Koetsier

Nessun Posto creates a not quite cohered space, where irreconcilable contradictions prevent the stability of place from emerging. With four pieces that avoid the neutral surveyor's contextual indifference, Tamara Baillie, Camila Galaz, Karla Pringle and Siying Zhou present space as ungraspable: too immersed in fractured memories and dislocated histories for performed lucidity to become anything...

Kate Loncar
Yusi Zang + Andre Franco: Altered Routine<br>Jacquie Owers-Gayst: { ~~~~~~~~~ }

Yusi Zang and Andre Franco: Altered Routine

Jacquie Owers-Gayst: { ~~~~~ }

Blindside
7 – 24 August 2019

Kate Loncar

Ascending the seven flights of stairs to Blindside gallery in the historic Nicholas building primes gallery viewers for a shock when they finally step into Andre Franco and Yusi Zang's stark white minimalist installation. Upon entering the space, gallery-goers are met with the chemical smell of freshly painted pristine white walls. In fact, the scene is so off putting I...

Anador Walsh
Relics of Survival

Relics of Survival

Bus Projects
7 – 31 August 2019

By Anador Walsh

Bus Projects' current exhibition Relics of Survival evokes private emotions and experiences, and situates them in the public realm. Curated by artists Zoë Bastin and Kari Lee McInneny-McRae, Relics of Survival makes tangible the intangible so that it cannot be dismissed or ignored. In Bastin's own words: "I wonder what it means to make a record of existence, to push up against the systems we exist within that silenced...