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foregrounds the vulnerability of the body within a system of consumption that leaves the individual exposed, accessible and defenceless. He considers ASMR critically, as a tactic to be assessed and to co-opt in a politised position. The artists in the 2018 John Fries Award exhibition are socially, politically and culturally engaged and they present a series of propositions, questions, meditations and provocations around the contemporary state of existence. Their work holds all the energy and dynamism of early career practices. They consider complex ideas in sophisticated ways to problematise issues of identity, culture and politics, reflecting on how society defines itself in times of social and political uncertainty. — Consuelo Cavaniglia

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Simmons, Laurence, ‘Daniel Crooks: the Future of the Past’, in Artlink, 2009, Volume 29, #1, pp21–22. Email conversation with the artist, July 23. Email conversation with the artist, July 23. Walter Benjamin 1940 work, ‘On the Concept of History’ from Selected Writings, Vol. 4: 1938–1940 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003) 392–93. Artist’s statement published through Iwantja Arts www. iwantjaarts.com.au Bernard Tschumi, Architecture and Disjunction (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1994) 122. Artist’s statement published through Ernabella Arts www. ernabellaarts.com.au

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John Fries Award 2018  

The John Fries Award is an annual $10,000 art prize recognising the talents of early career visual artists. The Award has established itself...

John Fries Award 2018  

The John Fries Award is an annual $10,000 art prize recognising the talents of early career visual artists. The Award has established itself...

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