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Primavera 2006: Young Australian Artists

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


13 Sep 2006 to 19 Nov 2006


Benjamin Armstrong, Fergus Binns, Julia de Ville, Matthew Griffin, David Griggs, Christian de Vietri, Chayni Henry, Katherine Huang, Rob McHaffie, Peter McKay, Koji Ryui, Simon Yates, Wilkins Hill

Curator: Aaron Seeto

about the exhibition

Aaron Seeto was invited by the MCA to curate the 15th exhibition in the series and undertook studio visits with young artists around the country, selecting work which presented a diverse range of creative practice. The exhibition intended to reflect the research process and respond to individual practices rather than trying to construct an overarching narrative or theme.

Primavera 2006 included work by twelve individual artists and one collaboration. The artists were chosen from all around Australia and worked in a variety of media including painting, taxidermy, photography, installation, sculpture and performance.

The exhibition aimed to present the work in a survey not bounded by an imposed sense of connection, collective interest or shared sensibility. Primavera 2006 sought to show these young artists’ works as part of a whole practice, so that the exhibition itself served as an active continuation of artistic exploration. Some artists included were undertaking sustained investigations or ongoing research into a subject, a community, a methodology or theoretical position. The exhibition also presented issues of cultural diversity based on personal encounters with a city, its architecture or its communities.

Primavera 2006 illustrated shifting contexts, where art was enriched by unusual juxtapositions and dialogues between works that might not be apparent when works are considered in isolation. As a result, the selection primarily consisted of a series of smaller works with an emphasis on conceptual and process-based development.

A fundamental component of Primavera 2006 was the artist interviews which featured in the exhibition catalogue. These extended the discussions undertaken during the studio visits, enriching an understanding of artistic process through conversation with the artists themselves.

Primavera is the Museum’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.

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