Nationalism in the Wake of COVID
Rebecca Agnew, David Griggs, NOT, Paul Ryan, Leanne Tobin and Nancy Yu. Curators: Rhonda Davis, Kon Gouriotis, Leonard Janiszewski and Andrew Simpson.
Nationalism in the Wake of COVID reviews the dialectic between nationalism, localism and internationalism within the context of the global pandemic and the signals that drove nation state border closures in Australia. The pandemic curtailed travel and tourism, putting the spotlight on the way events and place/name sites bound by geographical locations are spatially localised.
Contemporary art practices associate the long-term effects of the pandemic in dismantling fixed notions and a singular view of national identity. At stake is recognising the importance of localism and its diversity, the environment, decolonisation, and Indigenous knowledge systems as avenues for recovery and exploration in redefining our future. The recent works of Rebecca Agnew, David Griggs, NOT, Paul Ryan, Leanne Tobin and Nancy You with artworks from the University’s collection including Arthur Boyd, Mark Davis, Lawrence Daws, James Doolin, Louise Forthun, Rosalie Gascoigne, James Gleeson, Rew Hanks, Tracey Moffatt, Sidney Nolan, Naata Nungurrayi, John Olsen and Margaret Preston form the narrative of Nationalism.