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New Worlds: Localities of Desire

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


21 Oct 1994 to 11 Dec 1994


Hany Armanious, Shane Cotton, Maria Cruz, William Dunning, Fiona Foley, Simryn Gill, Guan Wei, Edgar Heap of Birds, Huang Chin-ho, Narelle Jubelin, Kim Soun-gui, Audrey Kngwarreye, Hazel Kngwarreye, Katie Kngwarreye, Lilly Kngwarreye, Lucky Kngwarreye, Michelle Kngwarreye, Denise Kum, Nikolaus Lang, Tracey Moffatt, Julia Morison, Michael Parekowhai, Bronwyn Platten, r e a, Elaine Reichek, Peter Robinson, Alison Saar, Lezley Saar, Yuk King Tan


Bernice Murphy

about the exhibition

This exhibition was intended as an innovative and exploratory statement that addressed the varied concerns and sites of contemporary art in an ‘international’ world. It encompassed a selection of artists from Australia and other countries whose works embraced mixed forms and multiple identities. Localities of Desire sought to disclose a sense of the varied kinds of meaning that might be addressed in a post-colonial approach to culture; the multiple centres of meaning that may be operable within a particular culture, within a group of works, or even a single work.

Localities of Desire brought together 27 artists from diverse cultural backgrounds to explore cultural difference, rather than similarity, exhibiting works in many media and styles, and made from radically different perspectives. There was an emphasis on respecting the particular origins, traditions and frames of reference of the artists participating. It was also important to see that these diverse cultural perspectives existed in a world of criss-crossing circuits and meanings, a world where communications were speeding faster with every new technical development.

Featuring Works from the MCA Collection

Shane Cotton
  • Faith
Maria Cruz
  • Yellow, green, red (vertical)
Fiona Foley
  • Badtjala Woman
Nikolaus Lang
  • Peter's story
  • Terra nullius
Peter Robinson
  • Untitled
Greg Weight
  • Badtjala Woman