See you at the barricades

Drawing on the Art Gallery of NSW collection, this exhibition explores the complex relationship between protest and art.

Art Exhibition previously on at Art Gallery of New South Wales in New South Wales, Australia.
From Saturday 30 May 2015 to Sunday 29 November 2015

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Published by Art Gallery of New South Wales on Thursday 05 March 2015.
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See you at the barricades calls attention to a ‘dissident aesthetic’ emerging in contemporary art. Increasingly, artists are adapting images of 20th-century protest movements, using flags and banners, and re-enacting historical protests.

The imagery on display here is wide-ranging, from 19th-century lithographs to brightly coloured posters created by the Guerilla Girls and Redback Graphix, from historical videos to elegiac meditations of romantic dissident figures.

Through the prism of the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition asks whether contemporary art remains in itself a form of dissent or whether it’s become a form of nostalgia that valorises the past.