Crisis Complex draws on a global network of artists to address our
collective anxieties in an era marked by ecotastraphes, geopolitical
antagonism, civic unrest, social fragmentation, and fiscal malaise.
Entering the twenty-teens, humans negotiating uncertain futures during
a period of spiritual scepticism and political mistrust are
nevertheless engaged in a rhetoric of hope. In examining this
contradiction Crisis Complex showcases a confusion of ethics and
determinism from artists whose practices flourish in the wake of
The exhibition of works on paper, performance, installation, moving
image, and social exchange courts critical positions that range from a
climate of incapacity to the politics of possibility.
Crisis Complex is curated by Laura McLean and Sumugan Sivanesan.
Participating artists include:
Heidi Axelsen & Hugo Moline, Ella Barclay, Carla Cescon, Edgar Cobián
(Mexico), Tony Garifalakis, Francesca Heinz, Lise Hovesen & Javier
Rodriguez (UK), Adam Norton, Joaquin Segura (Mexico), Takayuki
Yamamoto (Japan) and theweathergroup_U.
Crisis Complex is the recipient of the 2012 Tin Sheds Innovate/Curate Grant.
It also supported by the NSW Artists’ Grant and the Australian
Artists’ Grant, NAVA initiatives made possible through the support of
Arts NSW and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the
Australian, State and Territory Governments.
Crisis Complex is an Associated Event of Art & About Sydney 2012,
produced by City of Sydney.