FamilyA View from Here
6 Nov 2021 – 13 Feb 2022
Location: Lower level 2
An urgent and powerful exploration of the interconnectedness of global humanity at a moment of division.
Guest curated by the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Franklin Sirmans, Family: A View from Here presents an important exhibition of video works by some of the most internationally renowned artists of our time.
Family invokes the humanity of the world as interconnected by shared concerns. When we are all facing both attack by an invisible virus and a pandemic of highly visible social injustice, can we find deeper meaning in the term ‘family’, as it pertains to humanity, globally?
This moment, marked in the USA and beyond by a litany of recent murders of Black people, has also seen courageous activism and coalition building through recognition of the intersectionality of race, gender and disadvantage.
Family brings together an epic suite of powerful works, many unseen in Australia, by leading artists such as Theaster Gates, Carrie Mae Weems, Kota Ezawa, Arthur Jafa, John Akomfrah, Dara Friedman and Stan Douglas. Together these pieces – mainly in the still ‘young’ and democratic medium of video – open a conversation by asking ‘how do we see each other?’.
This exhibition has been created in partnership with Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).
Image: John Akomfrah Tropikos 2016 (video still detail), Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, museum purchase with funds provided by PAMM’s Collectors Council © Smoking Dogs Films; Image courtesy Lisson Gallery