Maree Clarke, Ancestral Memory (detail), 2019
27 Sep 2022 — 02 Jun 2023
(Summer closure: 10 December 2022 – 13 February 2023)
Collective Unease is a bold exhibition of three new commissions inspired by the University of Melbourne’s students, archives and collections.
The three works, by artists Andy Butler, Lisa Hilli and James Nguyen, move beyond colonial narratives to a complex, multi-voiced understanding of Australia inflected by experiences of migration and diaspora. In the face of difficult histories and an uncertain future, these works emphasise themes of self-representation, empowerment and optimism.
Co-curated by Samantha Comte and Jacqueline Doughty, the exhibition forms part of the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art’s artistic program, and is presented inside the Old Quad, at the centre of the University’s Parkville campus.
(Image: Andy Butler, The Agony and the Ecstasy, 2022, video still. Courtesy of the artist.)