Just Not Australian
Just Not Australian presents work by 19 Australian artists at the forefront of national debate and practice. Spanning generations and diverse cultural backgrounds, the artists deal broadly with the origins and implications of contemporary Australian nationhood.
The exhibition engages with the moral and ethical undertones of the loaded phrase ‘un- Australian’. Far from a simple comparison, a consideration of what’s not Australian ultimately leads to questions of what is. Just Not Australian reflects a multifarious nation divided across many issues, from immigration and border protection to land rights and Indigenous sovereignty, racism and xenophobia to resource exploitation and climate change.
Curated by Artspace and developed in partnership with Sydney Festival and Museums and Galleries of NSW. The exhibition is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW. The exhibition has been assisted with funding through the Australia Council for the Arts.
Just Not Australian contains strong language, images and themes that some visitors may find challenging. The content is intended to reflect the everyday, lived experiences of Australians represented in the exhibition.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors are advised that some works contain images of deceased persons.
The artists featured in this exhibition include Abdul Abdullah, Hoda Afshar, Tony Albert, Cigdem Aydemir, Liam Benson, Eric Bridgeman, Jon Campbell, Karla Dickens, Fiona Foley, Gordon Hookey, Richard Lewer, Archie Moore, Vincent Namatjira, Nell, Raquel Ormella, Ryan Presley, Joan Ross, Tony Schwensen and Soda Jerk.
Films: Just Not Australian
Watch a curated selection of films that relate to the themes of the exhibition and the included works
27 May, 2pm
Just Not Australian: Unpacked
Join Just Not Australian artists for a panel discussion about the exhibition and its themes
27 May, 3.30pm
Join us for the screening of TERROR NULLIUS in the Warrane Theatre. This artwork forms part of the Just Not Australian exhibition curated by Artspace
Museum of SydneyCorner Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 9251 5988
- Wheelchair accessible
11 March - 4 June 2023