Tony Garifalakis Fucking Optimism, 2007 Cut felt and glue 120 cm x 95 cm Courtesy of the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne; and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
HOPE DIES LAST: ART AT THE END OF OPTIMISM - CURATED BY MARK FEARY
Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism
Curated by Mark Feary
Gertrude Contemporary Opening: Friday 4 October, 6-8pm
Exhibtion dates Gertrude Contemporary: Saturday 5 October - Saturday 9 November
Margeret Lawrence Opening: Thursaday 17 October, 5.30—7.30pm
Exhibtion dates Margaret Lawrence Gallery: Friday 18 October— Thursday 14 November
Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism is a curated exhibition of Australian and international contemporary art presented across two sites, Gertrude Contemporary and the Margaret Lawrence Gallery at the Victorian College of the Arts. The project focuses on how artists consider the depletion of optimism, how they might envisage the end of days, and how they make sense of these tumultuous times. The project brings together works by leading Australian and international artists, as if to choreograph a collective swan song of lament. Exploring themes of mortality, fatalism, extinction, pain (both emotional and physical), failure and downfall, the works largely focus on the specific moment when hope evaporates for the final time. Explored with compassion, humour, sadness and resignation, Hope Dies Last confronts our individual and collective anxieties around death, reminding us that we will all destined for this certainty, yet each of us will experience that moment alone. Hope Dies Last will be one of the most depressing events of the year, an exhibition that will riddle us with sadness, and likely leave us more pessimistic than we have ever been before.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Arts Festival and Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts.
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