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Nationalism in the Wake of COVID

Sun 9 July - Sun 20 August

Nationalism in the Wake of COVID reviews the dialectic between nationalism, localism and internationalism within the context of the global pandemic and the signals that drove nation state border closures in Australia. The pandemic curtailed travel and tourism putting the spotlight on the way events and place/name sites bound by geographical locations are spatially localised.

Contemporary art practices associate the long-term effects of the pandemic in dismantling fixed notions and a singular view of national identity. At stake is recognising the importance of localism and its diversity, the environment, decolonisation, and Indigenous knowledge systems as avenues for recovery and exploration in redefining our future.

The recent works of Rebecca Agnew, David Griggs, NOT, Paul Ryan, Leanne Tobin and Nancy Yu with artworks from Macquarie University’s collection including Arthur Boyd, Mark Davis, Lawrence Daws, James Doolin, Louise Forthun, Rosalie Gascoigne, James Gleeson, Rew Hanks, Emily Kngwarreye, Tracey Moffatt, Sidney Nolan, Naata Nungurrayi, John Olsen and Margaret Preston form the narrative of Nationalism.

A Macquarie University exhibition in partnership with Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Exhibition dates: 9 July to 20 August 2023

IMAGE: NC Qin, Birdsong 2020, cast glass, 16 x 22 x 17cm. Courtesy of the artist and Art Atrium. Photo Pascual.


Sun 9 July
Sun 20 August
Event Category:


Local government area
Visual arts
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Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street
Cowra, NSW 2794 Australia
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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

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