Just Not Australian

18/09/2020 - 30/10/2022

  • Dog's Breakfast
    Hoda Afshar Dog's Breakfast , 2011
    archival inkjet print
    60.96 x 88.90 cm

About the exhibition

Just Not Australian brings together a group of 20 living Australian artists across generations and mediums to deal broadly with the origins and implications of contemporary Australian nationhood. This timely thematic show will look to showcase the common sensibilities of satire, larrikinism and resistance in order to interrogate and interpret presenting and representing Australian identity.

The impetus for this exhibition has come from the public discourse around its title, of what it means to be ‘unAustralian’. The exhibition engages with the moral and ethical undertones of this loaded rejoinder, that has entered more popularly into our national political lexicon, of how this is defined and by whom. Terror Nullius by Soda Jerk forms the central focus point of the exhibition, a work that aptly looks at Australia’s national mythology, encompassing ideas of visibility and inclusion.

This exhibition took place at Artspace just prior to the official 250th anniversary celebrations for Captain Cook’s first voyage to Australia. This is an opportunity to engage critically with this moment in Australia’s colonial history and to examine the meaning of ‘arrival’ as a continuum within this country that has seen ongoing immigration historically and contemporaneously.

The exhibition opened as part of the Sydney Festival program on 18 January 2019.

About the artists

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 | Soda Jerk | Tony Schwensen  




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Just Not Australian was curated by Artspace and developed in partnership with Sydney Festival and Museums & Galleries of NSW. The exhibition is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW.


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.