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Title image: Andrea Büttner, Beggar series 2016, installation view, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2019. Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London; David Kordansky, Los Angeles; and Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz. Photograph: Andrew Curtis

On Vulnerability and Doubt
  • Ella Cattach


10 Aug 2019
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art 29 Jun - 1 Sep 2019

The unassuming first word in the title of On Vulnerability and Doubt is more telling than it may appear. With the apparent neutrality of an essayistic titling convention (“On X…”), it is a word that more or less disappears under the weight of the big ones that follow it. Yet “On”—as the disparate works in this exhibition curated by Max Delany suggest—institutes a gap between artist and “X”. This is an exhibition that is true to its word. The artworks it includes take distance from vulnerability and doubt, reflecting on them, rather than manifesting them.

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