On Vulnerability and Doubt brings together artists whose works variously engage with questions of vulnerability and doubt, intimacy and desire, shame, love and awkwardness, through mediums including painting, printmaking, sculpture, performative photography and video.
Exploring the role of doubt, and the story of the Doubting Thomas, the exhibition also considers the significance of feeling over or alongside the visual, and the critical role of humour, ‘the minor’ and ‘otherwise’ in relation to figures of authority.
On Vulnerability and Doubt also engages with what might be understood as the realm of feelings, emotions and an affective dimension in the production and appreciation of contemporary art practice. These subjective terms not only relate to the position of the artist, but equally to the spectator, the reception of the work, and the capacity that art has to touch, move, motivate and mobilise us as viewers.
Featuring new work, alongside significant existing projects, the exhibition is curated by ACCA’s Artistic Director Max Delany and features Australian and international artists Andrea Büttner, Cherine Fahd, Brent Harris, Tala Madani, Linda Marrinon, Archie Moore, Charlie Sofo and Ambera Wellmann.
“On Vulnerability and Doubt explores some of the complexities that come with artists putting themselves and their work on display, and the bringing down of one’s guard,” said Max Delany. “This ranges from the acclaimed shrouded figures of poverty in Andrea Büttner’s woodcuts to the delicious sense of irreverence and the grotesque the paintings and animations of Tala Madani, alongside Cherine Fahd’s photographic depictions of personal fears in public spaces.”
On Vulnerability and Doubt
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank (Melbourne)
Exhibition continues to 1 September 2019
For more information, visit: www.acca.melbourne for details.
Image: Andrea Büttner, Beggar series, 2016, installation view, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London; David Kordansky, Los Angeles; and Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz – photo by Andrew Curtis