Hours of operation

City Within the City

5 October -
7 November 2012

200 Gertrude Street

200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

ith the majority of the world’s population dwelling in cities, it is not just our bodies that are contained within urban commercial and industrialized zones – but our imaginations as well. City Within the City examined how through activating urban spaces, we might engender them as sites for creative expression, transgression and resistance.

Co-curated by Gertrude Contemporary and Artsonje Center, Seoul, City Within the City, featured seventeen Australian and international artists whose works reveal the personal, fictional, composite and re-purposed narratives that arise when human subjectivity encounters the built environment.

Presented initially at Art Sonje, Seoul, in November 2011, City Within the City at Gertrude Contemporary included major new installation works by Australian artists Ash Keating, Alicia Frankovich and Andrew McQualter, as well as a selection of key works from the estate of Emil Goh. City Within the City also comprised significant works by internationally acclaimed artists Haegue Yang, Kim Beom and Minouk Lim, among many others. The works draw on literature, architecture, landscape urbanism and cinema history in their examination of  political and social theory that underscores the relationship between human subjectivity and the urban environment.

City Within the City was first presented at Artsonje Centre (11 November 2011 –15 January 2012) as a flagship cultural project for the diplomatic Year of Australia – South Korea Friendship. This second iteration of the exhibition was a site-specific reimagining of the City Within the City curated for the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2012. 

We gratefully acknowledge the support of ARKO funding to support collaborative group Part-time Suite's 4 week residency in Australia to make new work for the exhibition.


  • Yeondoo Jung
  • Jinyeoul Jung and Changmo Ahn
  • Emil Goh
  • Alicia Frankovich
  • Nayla Dabaji and Ziad Bitar
  • Abraham Cruzvillegas
  • Kim Beom
  • Jooyoung Lee
  • Listen To The City
  • Minouk Lim
  • Part-Time Suite
  • Hyunsuk Seo
  • Haegue Yang
  • Jun Yang
  • Suyeon Yun and Jinyoung Koh
  • Andrew McQualter
  • Ash Keating

This exhibition was also made possible with the support of Russell Investments and Cake industries.

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