We acknowledge the Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) and Boon Wurrung Peoples of the Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land upon which we live, work and learn. We would like to show our respect to Elders past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded.

co-curated by Tameka Carter | Rute Chaves  

As we push through a second wave of lockdown restrictions, the isolation and disconnect is taking its toll in immeasurable ways. The current state of disaster is aptly in place to cull the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and in the interim, artists and individuals are suffering internally and economically through a loss of exposure, place and connection. Through our collective grief of the past there is still an optimism for the future, represented in small yet significant interactions; a knowing glance from a stranger or the gesture of a child’s painting pasted in a window. Life, art and expression have the power to transcend adversity.

There are no new ideas, there are only new ways of making them felt - Audre Lorde, 2017

STATE OF DISASTER aims to deepen a connection between local artists and community within a semi-public sphere, celebrating art during a time of loss. Each artwork will respond individually to our current crisis and be presented in the window or front yard of the artist’s or a host’s house. The works will be situated in a perimeter that will take viewers on a walk no longer than an hour to maintain lockdown regulations.

The artist’s imagination cannot be contained - this ‘open gallery’ anticipates a glimpse into the possibilities of the impossible. We can still find something new on an overwalked distance - unearth a sense of relief, satiate our desire to connect with the people around us and uncover affinities, shared sensibilities and imaginaries - to speculate on futures. 

Viewers will be able to navigate the artworks via a digital map on the exhibition website that will provide further information on selected artists, their practice and ways to support them such as purchasing their artwork or continuing a discourse around their practice. Alongside the curated exhibition, the wider community will also be encouraged to take part by viewing and presenting their own artwork in their windows or front yards, documented through the hashtag#stateofdisasterkensington .