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Unsettlement Archie Moore

28 April – 7 July 2018

Opening function:
2 May 2018, 6 – 8pm

Charlotte Day, Shelley McSpedden and Elise Routledge

Artists including:
Dana Awartani (SA)
Monica Bonvicini (IT/DE)
Aliansyah Caniago (ID)
Jasmina Cibic (SI/UK)
DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency) (PS)
Hiwa K (IQ)
Jill Magid (US)
Hayley Millar-Baker (AUS)
Archie Moore (AUS)
Amie Siegel (US)

Unsettlement is an international group exhibition that explores the ways that power manifests through
architecture and in the built environment that surrounds us. The artworks presented register the
material force and histories of architecture, and encourage a productive sense of upheaval and re-
appraisal. ‘Unsettlement’ is conceived as both a contemporary condition – in which our claim to the
spaces we occupy is increasingly precarious – and a strategy for artistic, social and political
engagement. From subtle gestures of reclamation to more radical remodelling, the works in
Unsettlement strive to confuse architecture’s functionality, undermine its authority or explode its
mythologies. In doing so, they make visible the power dynamics and infrastructures shaping our

The exhibition features artists from Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, United States of America, Italy,
Palestine, Iraq, Slovenia and Australia. Encompassing a diverse range of media, including moving
image, photography, installation and performance, the works in Unsettlement engage with specific
architectural forms and histories in distinct local contexts. A preoccupation with a number of defining
characteristics of our contemporary condition emerge across the exhibition; namely the effects of
accelerating globalisation and mass urbanisation, the legacies of colonial occupation across the
world, and the control enacted by state and economic infrastructures.

Image: Archie Moore, Whipsaw, installation view (detail), 2017, TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander ArtFontanelle, Adelaide. Photo: Tony Kearney. Image courtesy The Commercial, Sydney

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