Image: You are on Gundagurra Land! by Anne Zahalka courtesy of the artist, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney and ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
Sedition Arts Festival Program - 15 October to 14 November 2020
Everyone’s talking about transphobia, xenophobia, Sino phobia., the killer flu. Everyone’s talking black lives matter, cancel culture, Trump steaks, civil war and chai latte. We’re all wearing activewear, running on hydrogen, harvesting metadata, masticating vegan pizza and looking like bandits. The patriarchy is coming down. The end of the line for CIS white males.
What is going on in 2020? And how do you do a no contact art event to talk about it?
SEDITION 2020 has put the call out to a range of artists to explain just that.
The SEDITION festival is in its second year. The core of SEDITION 2020 is the art trail that snakes through Sydney displaying some of Australia’s best and most provocative artists.
The SEDITION art trail is populating spaces throughout the City of Sydney from Chinatown through to Potts Point.
Artists include Brooke Andrew, Blak Douglas, Reg Mombassa, Julie Rapp, Luke Sciberras, Tamara Dean, Claudia Chan Shaw, Jason Wing, Destiny Deacon, Stuart Spence, Toby Zoates, Meg Hewitt, Anne Zahalka, Fiona Lowry and Fiona Hall.
The works are beautiful, but they are also related to issues in the public discourse – Black Lives Matter, sexism, anti-science, Australia vs China, climate change, and the toxic side of Australian culture. They are more than pretty pictures.
COVID-19 has hollowed out Sydney’s public spaces and markets and it is in these phantom spaces that art shoots up with hope and beauty and defiance. It’s a mean old world now and the hands of joyless repression have grasped our collective necks.
Our only hope is art.