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John Brooks and Audrey Tan, *Swamp Breathing*. BLINDSIDE, Narrm/Melbourne. Photo: Nick James Archer.

John Brooks and Audrey Tan, Swamp Breathing
  • Amelia Winata

24 Apr 2021
BLINDSIDE 7 Apr - 24 Apr 2021

John Brooks and Audrey Tan’s current exhibition, Swamp Breathing, is located in BLINDSIDE’s main gallery in the Nicholas Building. A set of large windows overlook the massive Metro Tunnel construction site, which on the day I visited was in full action. The sounds of drilling and hammering drifted up to the gallery’s seventh floor location, an aural cocoon that comforted me with the simultaneous proximity and distance of the space to the city below. These sounds accidentally lend to the experience of viewing Swamp Breathing. This is an exhibition that tries to carve out a small respite from the disarray of late capitalism and its offspring—particularly consumerism.

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