MCA's Primavera 2017
- When 23 Aug - 19 Nov 2017
140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000
MON - TUES, THU - FRI 10AM - 5PM, WED 10AM - 9PM
(02) 9245 2400
Primavera 2017: Young Australian Artists brings together artworks by eight artists that question natural and human-made archives, from the physical to the digital.
Primavera is the Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual exhibition of young Australian artists aged 35 years and under. For more than a quarter of a century, the exhibition has become synonymous with talent amongst young artists in Australia, drawing them into the national spotlight.
For the 26th edition of Primavera, guest curator Sophia Kouyoumdjian a UNSW Art & Design graduate is working with the participating artists to explore the theme of ‘Ancient Futures’. Each work in the exhibition considers the relationship between existence in the present, and the past, in relation to archives and collections.
Working across a range of disciplines such as collage, installation, painting, photography and video, the Primavera 2017 artists include; Jacobus Capone (WA) (UNSW Art & Design PhD candidate), Adam John Cullen (VIC), Nicole Foreshew (NSW), Teelah George (WA), Laura Hindmarsh(TAS/UK), Elena Papanikolakis (NSW), Tom Polo (NSW) (UNSW Art & Design graduate) and Kynan Tan (WA/NSW) (UNSW Art & Design graduate).
Guest curator Sophia Kouyoumdjian has worked in the arts sector for more than 15 years across directorial, curatorial and exhibition management roles. Currently the Coordinator, Parramatta Artist Studios and previously the Acting Director and Curator at Blacktown Arts Centre, Sophia has extensive experience in Western Sydney’s contemporary art community.
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. The exhibition commemorates Belinda Jackson by celebrating the creative achievements of other talented artists in the early stages of their careers.
Participants in Primavera have gone on to represent Australia in international biennales and triennials, have been exhibited in the Archibald Prize, and have even worked with CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science division.
Past participants include: Abdul Abdullah, Shaun Gladwell, David Griggs, Jonathan Jones, Michaela Gleave, Wade Marynowsky, Lucy Simpson, Brown Council, Todd McMillan, Keg de Souza, Mikala Dwyer, and Soda_Jerk, all of whom are graduates from UNSW Art & Design.