All of us presents a contemporary framework by which to explore the importance of collaboration and the connections between artists, their practice, and the audiences they reach. Featuring a collection of multidisciplinary works byAdorned + Liam Benson, Karen Casey, Jody Haines, Teresa Hsieh, Mitch + Molly Mahoney, and Justine Youssef, the exhibition acts as a collective response to our need to connect more deeply and meaningfully – providing an exploratory space to reflect on what it means to be a greater we.
Drawing on an interrelated philosophy of love and respect that transcends cultural boundaries and speaks to a way of being where everything and everyone is equal and interconnected, the exhibition emphasises the principle of human connection as something that is needed, but also an action, dialogue and mutual exchange in contemporary practice that is driven by both trust and respect.
In a world seemingly felt through the digitalisation of relationships, and experienced through the overwhelming access to data, All of us is a timely reminder of the importance to connect; with people, with a vast range or perceptions, with place, ideas and knowledges.
The importance of being able to take part and connect with people, places, and ideas, to know and to feel is reflected in the wide-ranging approaches the selected artists engage; prioritising the sentiment of reciprocity and responsibility that resonates within the exhibition space as a model of and for art-making.
The selected artists open-up practice to community, collective-making and participation by taking as their theoretical and practical departure point, human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space– making explicit the current need to connect to the local, and connect socially, in a world filled with uncertainty and in constant flux.
In this context, and in acknowledgement of the land that binds all of us, the exhibition celebrates the creative rewards of collective activity as a cultural strategy to encourage new connections, reveal those that might otherwise remain latent – providing a unique exploration of what it means to be human, while revealing the elemental vibrations that connect everything and everyone,All of us.
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All of us encapsulates the ability for human growth. A coming together of artists and communities celebrating love of no cultural bounds.
We allow ourselves to unknowingly collaborate in interactions of work of art in a community outside of what we ask of ourselves. In circumstances of struggles of digitization of relationships, we continue to persist as a united front exposing relationship of social context.
All of us excludes no one: here, present and the future. It brings an importance of hope to connect us from all walks of life.
A dialogue with contemporary practice, artists challenge audiences to seek past moments of criticism and to just be.
- Teresa Hsieh
Curatorial Forward Footnotes:
Bourriaud, N. (2002). Relational Aesthetics. France: Les presses du reel.
Badham, M. (2013). The Turn to Community: exploring the political and relational in the arts. Journal of Arts & Communities, 5 (+3), 93-104. https://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jaac.5.2-3.93_1