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Direct Democracy

26 April – 6 July 2013

Laylah Ali, Hany Armanious, Natalie Bookchin, A Centre for Everything, DAMP, Destiny Deacon, Alicia Frankovich, Will French, Gail Hastings, Alex Martinis Roe, Andrew McQualter, John Miller, Alex Monteith, Raquel Ormella, Mike Parr, Simon Perry, Carl Scrase, Milica Tomic, Kostis Velonis and Jemima Wyman

Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow

The exhibition reflects contemporary social movements, unrest and the desire for change; modelling key social dynamics and possible futures. In Direct Democracy destruction and resistance are connected with the need to collaborate and rebuild. Recent political shifts such as the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis and movements such as Occupy are considered in relation to earlier struggles for autonomy and self-definition, as well as the interplay of constructive and corrosive dynamics in leadership and governance. The exhibition examines the shifting forms of political agency, in both emerging and foundational democracies.

Direct Democracy continues MUMA’s ongoing series of thematic and discursive exhibitions, such as Networks (Cells & Silos) and Liquid Archive. Curated by MUMA’s Senior Curator Geraldine Barlow, Direct Democracy features the work of a number of international artists together with artists and artist collectives from Australia.

Public Programs:
Artist Talk: John Miller
Saturday 6 July

Party, Food, Politics
Saturday 6 July

The House: Plein Air Drawing Workshop
Saturday 8 June

Forum: Real Democracy Australia
Tuesday 4 June

Media Kit:
Direct Democracy

Image: DAMP (Narelle Desmond, Sharon Goodwin, Debra Kunda, and James Lynch), Untitled pencil 2010. Courtesy of the artists