We acknowledge the Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) and Boon Wurrung Peoples of the Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land and the waters upon which we live, work and learn. We would like to show our respect to Elders past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded.

co-curated by Tameka Carter | rute chaves  

As we stumble through lockdowns, time becomes lost. We are severed from one another, from impulse, from our sense of being. Through this unrelenting state of disaster, the only certainty is change. Let us consider ways of shifting our focus, conceptualising life post-disaster and dreaming of unknown futures. What is our ROADMAP out of here, through this tenuous murk? 

As a continued reclamation of the apparatus’ jargon, STATE OF DISASTER aims to recontextualise the term ROADMAP as an approach to critically dream our way out of this crisis through art making. This project aims to empower local artists and the community to think beyond now, share sensibilities, exchange imaginaries and speculate on futures. 

In the same style as our 2020 exhibition, ROADMAP will be an ‘open gallery’ that aims to deepen a connection between local artists and community within a semi-public sphere. Each artwork will respond individually to this theme and our current crisis and be presented in the window or front yard of the artist’s house or a host local business. The works will be situated in a perimeter that will take viewers on a walk no longer than 2 hours to maintain lockdown regulations. 

Viewers will be able to navigate the artworks via a digital map on the exhibition website that will provide further information on participating artists. Alongside the curated exhibition, the wider community will also be encouraged to take part by viewing and presenting their own artwork in their windows or front yards, documented through the hashtags #roadmap2021 #stateofdisasterkensington2021  #stateofdisasterkensington