Future Archaeology

Future Archaeology is a group exhibition of emerging and mid-career Asian-Australian artists which uses the discipline of archaeology and the philosophical assertion of multiplicity as a means to consider the cultural landscape of contemporary Australia. The artists included in the exhibition conceptually engage with cultural artefacts and notions of traditions to suggest how alternative histories of migration, diaspora, displacement and assimilation may be incorporated into the broader narrative of Australia.

Beginning with the assumption that the study of objects can inform a perspective of place, Future Archaeology considers how the artistic production of these artists can be reflective of a complex and nuanced image of contemporary society, capturing the ways in which global economic and social forces have impacted on the development of both national and personal identities. Spanning installation, drawing, painting, sculpture and video, each of the artists included has responded to the notion of tradition as a provocation for an image of how the future may appear.

The exhibition also draws on philosophical assertion of multiplicity; that there is more than one geo-historical trajectory, and that these trajectories are constructed not on continuous narratives but instead on moments of disruption or discontinuity. Future Archaeology considers how contemporary artists may disrupt these notions of tradition to offer alternatives on aesthetic and conceptual development of contemporary Australian art.

19 May – 22 July, 2016

Opening May 19 at 6pm
The exhibition will be opened by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia

To read the accompanying essay and artist bios click here.

Presented in collaboration with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney


Image: Abdullah M.I. Syed, Brut for Men series (2013), installation view, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Image courtesy the artist and Document photography.