The Bureau for the Organisation of Origins (BOO)explores the national preoccupation with identity by examining Australia’s cultural self-evaluation leading up to, and ‘celebrated’ on, Australia Day.
Rushdi Anwar, Peter Burke, Linda Choi, Jaye Early, Carly Fischer, Raafat Ishak and Tom Nicholson, Sean Lowry, Mayatilli Marika, Wandjuk Marika OBE (c.1930-1987), Ramon Martinez-Mendoza, Performprint: Joel Gailer and Jenny Hall, Elvis Richardson, Benjamin Sheppard, Adele Varcoe, Elmedin Žunić and more…
The ‘BOO’ is a collaborative and interdisciplinary visual arts project that converts the BLINDSIDE Artist run space into a working ‘bureau’ to comment on Australian identity on and around Australia day 2017. As bureau, the project embodies the idea that the nation state essentially operates an administrative bureaucracy. This curatorial approach supports the themes while providing a space to discuss and debate various issues regarding Australian identity as revealed through a range of artistic gestures and discursive events. The exhibition incorporates panel discussions, workshops and publications along with a range of carefully curated interdisciplinary art works. The ‘bureau’ context prompts dialogue around issues of heritage, place and belonging and the organizational systems that end up affecting everyday experience.
Curator | Ben Sheppard
Opening Night | Thursday 26 January, 6pm–8pm
Panel Discussion | Thursday 2 February, 6pm–8pm
Exhibition Dates | 26 January to 11 February 2017