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.

Susie Fraser and Kater Power, Stories from the Interior…Em/brace (1999/2018), installation view, twochannel video, 20:17 mins (both). Courtesy the artist. Image: Sam Roberts Photography.

Into My Arms (2018), exhibition view, ACE Open. Image: Sam Roberts Photography.

Into My Arms (2018), exhibition view, ACE Open. Image: Sam Roberts Photography.

Katherine Botten, Untitled (showing up for life) (detail) (2018), collage and text on newsprint, 29.7 x 42cm, edition of 150. Courtesy the artist. Image: Sam Roberts Photography.

Matt Huppatz, Portal Form (Net Work 2) (2018), installation view, oil pastel and water-based spray paint on paper with timber supports, 220 x 375 x 3.4cm. Courtesy the artist. Image: Sam Roberts Photography.

Lonelyspeck, Mantle (2018), installation view, single-channel video with stereo sound. Courtesy the artist. Image: Sam Roberts Photography.

Athena Thebus, Dreaming about you work me up (2018), installation view, plasterboard, cow hide, neon, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Image: Sam Roberts Photography.

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

Artist Talk: 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
Please note:

ACE Open advises that this exhibition contains sexually explicit language. Parental supervision is advised for audiences under the age of 18 years.

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?