Regarding Fear and Hope
Monash University Museum of Art
Part 1: Faculty Gallery, Caulfield campus 5 July – 28 July 2007
Part 2: Monash University Museum of Art, Clayton campus 4 July – 25 August 2007
Yael Bartana (Israel); Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley (Australia); Willie Doherty (Ireland); David Griggs (Australia); Lucia Madriz (Costa Rica); Tom Nicholson (Australia); r e a (Australia); Lázaro A. Saavedra-González, (Cuba), Sriwhana Spong (New Zealand) and Lynette Wallworth (Australia).
Regarding Fear and Hope tackles the emotional tenor of our times. The exhibition aims to investigate and register the political and cultural dimensions of these emotional states.
There is an increasing and pervading sense of ‘fear’ in our midst, made manifest in some of the more extreme attitudes to immigrants and asylum seekers, but also in responses to the abstract notions of change, risk and difference. It is perhaps not so much that we are actually fearful, but that fear itself is more present today, as a concept, a justification, an irritant and a political concern.
A counterpoint to fear is hope — and one of the urgent questions of our time is whether we can have hope or not. Hope is an emotion that many of us have experienced at one time or another. But a sense of hope in the wake of fear is altogether different. Hope requires faith in human behaviour.