Eugene Choi, 'My mother only speaks Shanghainese when she talks to her brother on the phone (these plants are a gift for her)' (still) (2017), 2-channel video installation, galvanised steel pipe, cast steel clamps, pinewood, various plants. Courtesy the artist.

Matt Huppatz, 'Passages (Portal)' (2011-2014), four xerographic prints on rag paper, hand-coloured with fluorescent ink, 42 x 29.7cm (each). Courtesy the artist.

Lonelyspeck, Mantle (still) (2018), single-channel video, stereo sound, 4:49 mins. Courtesy the artist.

Athena Thebus, 'Doggy' (detail) (2017- ), installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.

Amira.h., 'Life Online with @amiraball' (still) (2018), durational performance documentation, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.

11 May—7 July

Amira.h. (VIC)
Katherine Botten (VIC)
Eugene Choi (NSW)
Matt Huppatz (SA)
Lonelyspeck (SA)
Grace Marlow (SA)
Sione Monu (NZ)
Kate Power and
Susie Fraser (SA)
Athena Thebus (NSW)

Opening:

Thursday 10 May, 5pm

Public Programs:

Live Performance Program
Saturday 12 May, 4pm-6pm
Free, read more

In Conversation: Toby Chapman and Matt Huppatz
Saturday 23 June, 1pm-2pm
Free, read more

In Conversation, Performance and Roundtable

Saturday 7 July, 1pm-3.30pm
Free, read more

Access:
  • Wheelchair Access

Uncover the complexities and micropolitics of a seemingly simple act – the embrace – in the exhibition and live performance program Into My Arms.

The action of embracing is twofold; to draw somebody or something near, and to accept an idea or change. But when expanded beyond a physical moment into familial relationships, cultural lineages, digital revelations and performative gestures, a new kind of intimacy evolves.

Into My Arms features a diverse range of local and national artists working across installation, performance, text and sound. Together, they present a range of recent work alongside a series of new commissions: from an intimate reading room to a 12-month online Periscope performance, installation, music video, large-scale drawing, archive-based performance, and an investigation into rituals of physical and emotional healing.

Curated by Toby Chapman and Frances Barrett, Into My Arms provokes the question: in a time of social and political precarity, how can an ‘embrace’ function as a form of resilience and care?