Next Wave Festival: The Fraud Complex (Artist talk) [Melbourne]
Next Wave Festival: The Fraud Complex (Artist talk) [Melbourne]

Event Information


Saturday May 7, 2016
2:00 PM


West Space (Level 1)
225 Bourke St,
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Auslan Interpreter/s

Ben Souter

Language/ Cultural Consultant



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Next Wave Festival (a world of creative discovery).

Curated by Johnson+Thwaites (NSW)

At a time when self-help books compel us to accept and express ‘our true selves,’ The Fraud Complex showcases the ways in which eleven artists approach the polar binary of authentic/fake, as it plays out in everyday life.

Incorporating performance, painting, photography, video, sculpture and installation, The Fraud Complex invites audiences into a system of suspended categories. Objects of uncertain provenance co-mingle with artworks, inciting suspicions of duplicity and feelings of doubt. While contemporary art has a complicated relationship with fakes, facsimiles and impersonations, the question of authenticity has relevance beyond the white cube, penetrating everyday debate around gender, ethnicity, morality and science. What constitutes a fraud? Is authenticity an achievable or relevant ideal? And are we all just ‘faking it’ in different ways?

Featuring Abdul Abdullah (NSW), Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA), Hany Armanious (NSW), Tully Arnot (NSW), Bindi Cole (VIC), Megan Cope (Quandamooka/VIC), Beth Dillon (NSW), Sara Morawetz (NSW/USA), Técha Noble (NSW/GER), Yoshua Okón (MEX) and Tyza Stewart (QLD)

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