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Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism
Curator: Mark Feary

18 October -
16 November 2019

Offsite

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Margaret Lawrence Gallery
40 Dodds St, Southbank VIC 3006

Opening: 17 October, 5.30-7.30pm

Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism was curated by Gertrude Contemporary Artistic Director Mark Feary. 

Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism was 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 focused 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. Exploring themes of mortality, fatalism, extinction, pain (both emotional and physical), failure and downfall, the works largely focused on the specific moment when hope evaporates for the final time. Explored with compassion, humour, sadness and resignation, Hope Dies Last confronted our individual and collective anxieties around death, reminding us of the certainty of this fate, yet recognising this conclusionary moment as one we will experience 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.

Artists

  • Mutlu Çerkez
  • Chicks on Speed
  • Jake and Dinos Chapman
  • Tony Garifalakis
  • Myuran Sukumaran
  • Nell
  • Walid Raad / The Atlas Group
  • Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
Public Program

On Optimism and Death

Panel discussionThursday 19 November, 3amGertrude Contemporary

The panel discussion assembles a selection of esteemed speakers whose professional lives can involve considerations of death and grief. Drawing in a range of perspectives, the discussion traversed across ideas of mortality, memorialisation, the defence of life, and the pragmatics of death. Hopefully not as bleak as it sounds, On Optimism and Death offered a unique platform to consider the prospect of death and its impacts – personally and collectively – through the lenses of anthropology, the legal system, the arts and the funerary industry. 

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Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Arts Festival and Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne.

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