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Truc Truong, I Pray You Eat Cake (detail), 2023, installation view, Primavera 2023: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2023, toys, found objects, packaged food, synthetic polymer paint, fabric, wood, aluminium, stainless steel, electromechanical components, dried pig intestines and trotters, dried chicken feet, tassels, rope, image courtesy and © the artist, photograph: Zan Wimberley

Primavera at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia by Mariam Arcilla

21 Oct 2023
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) 8 Sep - 4 Feb 2024

I recently had an oddball dream-within-a-dream where I slept catatonically for five months and missed the Primavera 2023: Young Australian Artists exhibition entirely. The cause of my sleep-in was an alarm clock by my bed that morphed from a twenty-four-hour time-teller into a hypnotic spiral. It twirled its clock-hands back and forth through time, to the point where the Snooze button switched to the word “Overtime.” Then I woke woke up. And today, I’m at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) fighting the urge not to touch the Elmo dolls or wallpaper of flowers at Primavera, just to convince myself that I’m awake, walking in the present.

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