Melbourne Now by Tristen Harwood, Calia O‘Rouke, and Indi Jennings
⬤ National Gallery of Victoria | The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia 24 Mar - 20 Aug 2023
Melbourne Now (2023) might be a great advertisement for leaving
Victoria, but as a kind of advertisement or marketing event or whatever you call it the exhibition’s reverence for the state aspires to something more like the slushy nationalism in Qantas’s I Still Call Australia Home (1987). While the “iconic,” callow, settler-supremacist Qantas advert taps into the sentimental hope for the future/nation represented in the figure of the child (the children’s choir no less), the perennially slow off the mark NGV opts for a different tact.