Campbelltown Arts Centre is pleased to announce OK Democracy, We Need to Talk, an exhibition that presents an open discussion about democracy and its optimistic future - or potentially - its demise. Timed to the Australian federal election, the exhibition highlights new commissions by eleven artists, unpacking themes surrounding identity politics, environmental politics, political structures, economies of labour, currency and nationalism.
In contemporary times, traditional values and perspectives of democracy are continually being challenged and questioned. OK Democracy, We Need to Talk is a conversation and a provocation that suggests an ambition for change through the exploration of how democracy is performed in its current state.
Drawing inspiration from the idea of free media as a pillar of democracy, artists consider how the dissemination of information has never been easier. The ability to speak and to be heard is increasing with the evolution of technologies and alternative information platforms that are in consistent negotiation with power in all its forms - for better and for worse.
Michael Dagostino, Director - Campbelltown Arts Centre, says: 'It is important that our cultural institutions speak to our communities and that we are a part of critical conversations. Democracy is at a critical point, due to seismic shifts in the media, trust in institutions and capacity for individual and collective participation; therefore Campbelltown Arts Centre provides the perfect platform for OK Democracy, We Need to Talk'.
Located on the edge of Sydney, Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) is South-West Sydney's major cultural facility. It is situated on Dharawal land and is owned by Campbelltown City Council.
OK Democracy, We Need to Talk
Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre
When: 18 May – 31 July 2019
Opening: 17 May