Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists | MCA Catalogue
In its 30th year, Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists will be delivered by guest curator Hannah Presley. Working across a range of disciplines such as weaving, textiles, installation, painting, photography, sculpture and video, Elisa Jane Carmichael (QLD), Dean Cross (NSW), Hannah Gartside (VIC), Sam Gold (SA), and Justine Youssef (NSW) explore materials that hold stories of the past and engage with techniques shared across generations, inviting new interpretations of the world around us.
Hannah Presley is an Aboriginal curator and director at Agency, based in Narrm (Melbourne). Her curatorial process is guided by artists, learning about the techniques, history and community that inform their making. Recent curatorial projects include Observance at Buxton Contemporary (with Sam Comte), Big Weather at National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), and A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). Recent roles include Curator, Indigenous Art at NGV, inaugural Yalingwa Curator at ACCA, and First Nations Assistant Curator of Tracey Moffatt, My Horizon, 57th Venice Biennale.
Primavera is the MCA’s annual exhibition of Australian artists aged 35 years and under. Since 1992, the series has showcased the works of artists in the early stages of their career, many of whom have gone on to exhibit nationally and internationally. Primavera was initiated in 1992 by Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM and their family in memory of their daughter and sister Belinda, a talented jeweller who died at the age of 29.Author: Hannah Presley
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