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Locating the Australian Imaginary

HOSSEIN VALAMANESH, Subdivision, 1989, corrugated iron, wood, earth, steel, 180 x 45 x 280 cm.

Part of the Australian Government's flag-waving "Celebrate Australia" extravaganza held last autumn in Japan, "Inner-Land" was a modest museum-quality exhibition addressing issues rarely raised in Japanese art or in presentations in Japan of foreign art. Guest-curated by Emiko Namikawa, a respected Tokyo gallery owner whose taste runs towards complex art with strong content, this ensemble of twenty works by six artists/artist-teams offered Japanese audiences insights into the ways in which land and identity areā€¦

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