Atong Atem, Ajok, 2015. Photographic digital print, edition 2/10, 56 x 84 cm. Courtesy: the artist and MAY SPACE, Sydney.
MAY SPACE presents Our Common Bond, its title taken from the Australian Citizenship Test booklet, which outlines what it means to be an Australian: the responsibilities and opportunities, the history, the culture, and the rules and regulations. Page 3 of the booklet states: “Australia successfully combines ethnic and cultural diversity with national unity. Citizenship is the bond that unites us all.”
Curated by Olivia Welch, this exhibition uses this booklet as a starting point to discuss Australia’s history and current attitudes towards the country’s diverse population, as well as examining what is meant by “Australian” culture and values.
Featured artists include Duha Ali, Atong Atem, Lara Chamas, Dean Cross, Amala Groom, Pamela Leung, Jason Phu, and Siying Zhou.
Exhibition opens: 3-5pm Saturday 13 April 2019