Thurs, Aug 22, 6-8pm
- When 23 Aug - 5 Oct 2013
Cnr Oxford Street and Greens Rd, Paddington
Tue to Sat, 10am-5pm
Making Change is an exhibition of innovative, change-making film and photo-based art by some of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists. The exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of relations between Australia and China.
In 1973 Gough Whitlam became the first Australian Prime Minister to visit China. The visit established a trade agreement between the two countries, heralding a new era of successful economic and cultural ties between the two countries that has now spanned four decades. Whitlam was a key change-maker in many aspects of Australia’s development.
He recognised 40 years ago that in order to transform itself into a modern world leader, Australia needed to engage both with its immediate geographic region, Asia, and its original inhabitants, the Aboriginal people. These key aspects of his legacy that helped change forever the social and cultural fabric of Australia, are inherent toMaking Change.
The exhibition surveys recent work by artists who are change-makers in their perception and portrayal of modern Australia. Moving away from the historical Anglo-Celtic representation within Australian art, these artists are redefining the cultural identity of the nation to reflect a more multiculturally diverse and outward-looking society.
It features works by Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Richard Bell, Gordon Bennett, Mervyn Bishop, Daniel Boyd, Bindi Cole, Brenda L. Croft, Nici Cumpston, Destiny Deacon, Fiona Foley, Genevieve Grieves, Gordon Hookey, Dianne Jones, Gary Lee, Ricky Maynard, Tracey Moffatt, r e a, Michael Riley, Christian Thompson, Warwick Thornton, Judy Watson and Jason Wing.
Making Change is produced and presented by COFA, UNSW, Australian Centre for Photography, and the National Art Museum of China.