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2006 Contemporary Commonwealth

2006 Contemporary CommonwealthFollowing the success of 2004 Australian Culture Now, 2006 Contemporary Commonwealth is the second major collaborative survey of contemporary art presented by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the National Gallery of Victoria at Federation Square. The exhibition juxtaposes 11 artists from Commonwealth nations with 11 artists from Australia. Sharing an interest in migration and exchange, their diverse works explore the globalised nature of cultural and social connection.

In selecting the content for the exhibition, NGV and ACMI curators have sought contemporary artworks that powerfully articulate and encompass visual and intellectual responses to globalisation and that reposition the Commonwealth as a network of changing cultural forces.

Some of the artists featured in this landmark exhibition include Shane Cotton (New Zealand), Rodney Graham (Canada), Fiona Hall (Australia), Isaac Julien (United Kingdom), eX de Medici (Australia), Patricia Piccinini (Australia), Berni Searle (South Africa), Yinka Shonibare (United Kingdom), Jemima Wyman (Australia) and Ah Xian (Australia).

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Date: 24 Feb - 21 May
Time: During the Games 10:00am – 10:00pm (daily). Outside the Games 10:00am - 5:00pm (Monday - Friday), 10:00am - 6:00pm (weekends / public holidays), 12:00pm - 6:00pm (Good Friday / Anzac Day)
Location: The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square

Date: 24 Feb25 June
Time: During the Games 10:00am – 10:00pm (daily). Outside the Games 10:00am – 5:00pm (Tuesday - Sunday)
Location: The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Federation Square

Image: Brian Gothong Tan, Still from Instant Asia! (A psychoanalytical neo-feminist film; The ephemeral body; Sublime monsters and virtual children), 2004-05, multi-channel installation, 16mm film, digital video, computer animation, DVD playback, colour, sound. Collection of the artist © Brian Gothong Tan. Below: Yinka Shonibare born England 1962, lived in Nigeria 1965–84. Still from Un ballo in maschera (A masked ball) 2004 (detail) colour video, sound, 32:00, edition of 6. Collection of the artist, courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York © Yinka Shonibare, courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York.
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