Just Not Australian brings together a group of 20 living Australian artists across generations and mediums to deal broadly with the origins and implications of contemporary Australian nationhood. This timely thematic show will look to showcase the common sensibilities of satire, larrikinism and resistance in order to interrogate and interpret presenting and representing Australian identity.
The impetus for this exhibition has come from the public discourse around its title, of what it means to be ‘unAustralian’. The exhibition engages with the moral and ethical undertones of this loaded rejoinder, that has entered more popularly into our national political lexicon, of how this is defined and by whom. Terror Nullius by Soda Jerk forms the central focus point of the exhibition, a work that aptly looks at Australia’s national mythology, encompassing ideas of visibility and inclusion.
This exhibition took place at Artspace just prior to the official 250th anniversary celebrations for Captain Cook’s first voyage to Australia. This is an opportunity to engage critically with this moment in Australia’s colonial history and to examine the meaning of ‘arrival’ as a continuum within this country that has seen ongoing immigration historically and contemporaneously.
The exhibition opened as part of the Sydney Festival program on 18 January 2019.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
|Soda Jerk||Gordon Hookey|
|Abdul Abdullah||Richard Lewer|
|Hoda Afshar||Archie Moore|
|Tony Albert||Vincent Namatjira|
|Liam Benson||Joan Ross|
|Eric Bridgeman||Tony Schwensen|
|Jon Campbell||Raquel Ormella|
|Karla Dickens||Ryan Presley
Interview with Artist, Tony Albert – video by M&G NSW
Interview with Artist, Ryan Presley – video by UQ Art Museum
Interview with Curator, Talia Linz – video by M&G NSW
Just Not Australian, Art Almanac, by Talia Smith
Just Not Australian, Art + Australia, by Chloe Jones
Just Not Australian, The Saturday Paper, by Lauren Carroll Harris
Artists can’t help swearing in Just Not Australian, Art Guide Australia, by Rebecca Shanahan
How artists are rethinking nationhood in turbulent times, by Gina Fairley, ArtsHub
Just Not Australian asks how we define and project our identity, on ABC RN, presented by Ed Ayres
Terror Nullius review, The Guardian by Luke Buckmaster
Soda Jerk: Terror Nullius, Artlink review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Soda Jerk’s Terror Nullius on ABC RN, The Hub on Screen presented by Jason Di Rosso
Soda Jerk in conversation on OCULA
|Tweed Regional Gallery and The Margaret Olley Arts Centre, NSW||18 September – 8 November 2020|
|Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW||21 November 2020 – 7 February 2021|
|Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW||19 February – 5 April 2021|
|Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW||14 August – 26 September 2021|
|Cairns Art Gallery, QLD||8 October – 28 November 2021|
|Gladstone Regional Gallery, QLD||10 December 2021 – 6 February 2022|
|Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, QLD||18 February – 3 April 2022|
|Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Moreton Bay, QLD||17 April – 18 June 2022|
|Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA||2 July – 4 September 2022|
|Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, SA||17 September – 30 October 2022|
Just Not Australian was curated by Artspace and developed in partnership with Sydney Festival and Museums & Galleries of NSW. The exhibition is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW.