Paul Yore and Tony Garifalakis in ‘National Anthem’ at Buxton Contemporary


National Anthem, featuring Tony Garifalakis and Paul Yore, and curated by Kate Just, is now showing at Buxton Contemporary.

Presenting a cacophonous array of artistic voices and perspectives, National Anthem brings together 24 artists, from a range of generations, who critically address Australian national identity. Built around key works in the Michael Buxton Collection, together with works sourced from beyond the collection, this project reflects on the ways that the desire for a singular national identity often excludes Indigenous histories and denies the multiplicity of voices, cultures and experiences that enrich, contest, and enhance Australian life.
Channelling humour and satire and engaging in tactics such as play, intervention and confrontation, the artists in National Anthem seek self-determination and collectively hold a mirror up to contemporary Australia, prompting new representations of who we are or who we might aspire to become.

Exhibition runs until July 7.

Image: Paul Yore, THIS MOMENT IS CRITICAL (detail), 2014, mixed media textile; found objects/material, beads, buttons, sequins, felt, wool, and cotton thread, 290 x 250 cm.

Image: Tony Garifalakis, Untitled #1, 2014, from Mob Rule (Family), enamel on type C print, 60 x 40 cm, unique ed. of 2.