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NGV Triennial 2020

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Artists, designers and architects perform a vital role in giving form to our collective imagination, fears and aspirations. Throughout history, they have demonstrated great resilience as they actualise their visions, sometimes in the face of considerable adversity. In 2020 this resilience truly came to the fore.

This publication presents discourses by ninety writers from across the globe, among them academics, journalists, literary figures, social commentators, artists, designers and curators. Through essays, fiction, philosophy, interviews, analysis and poetry, they explore the practices and motivations of the artists and designers featured in the 2020 NGV Triennial. These artists and designers have examined, in their individual ways, contemporary life and possible futures with a sense that those futures are dependent on the ability of individuals and communities to both imagine and enact change.

In response to and in dialogue with the exhibition, NGV Triennial 2020 is divided into four themes: Illumination, Reflection, Conservation and Speculation. Illumination celebrates the poetic beauty of light as a universal metaphor for a range of emotions and knowledge; Reflection explores the importance of examining and challenging histories, social structures and cultural practices; Conservation challenges us to recognise the accelerating ecological decline resulting from human activity; and Speculation proposes inspirational, and at times challenging, investigations into the future.

NGV Triennial 2020 is richly illustrated with images of works in the exhibition, photographic essays, and source and research material from featured artists and designers. This expansive publication, the largest ever published by the NGV, invites reflection and discussion on the myriad ideas presented in the exhibition, which are pertinent to our complex times.

Glenn Adamson (United States); Annika Aitken (NGV); Asinnajaq (Canada); Elisabetta Barberio (University of Melbourne); William ‘Badger’ Bates (Australia); Merve Bedir (Hong Kong); Laurie Benson (NGV); Tilly Boleyn (Australia); Benjamin Bratton (United States); Ellen Broad (Australia); Kalia Brooks Nelson (United States); Holly Buck (United States); Elisha Buttler (NGV); Guido Casaretto (Turkey); David Challis (University of Melbourne); Gabrielle Chan (Australia); Brendan Churchill (University of Melbourne); Jessica Cole (NGV); Claire G. Coleman (Australia); Edward Colless (University of Melbourne);Claire Collie (University of Melbourne); Wayne Crothers (NGV); Zena Cumpston (Australia); Stefano de Pieri (Australia); Jane Devery (NGV); Manoj Dias (Australia); Maria Cristina Didero (Italy); Myfanwy Doughty (NGV); Kimberly Drew (New York); Amanda Dunsmore (NGV); Tony Ellwood AM (NGV); Anastasiia Fedorova (United Kingdom/Russia); Rosie Findlay (United Kingdom); Tim Flannery (Australia); Ted Gott (NGV); Anna Gritz (Germany); Ashley Hay (Australia); Jörg Heiser (Germany); Stefanie Hessler (Norway); Lucy Ives (United Kingdom); Sigourney Jacks (NGV); Neelika Jayawardane (United States); Petra Kayser (NGV); Vicki Kirby (Australia); Frances Koya Vaka’utan (Fiji); Tessa Laird (University of Melbourne); Claudia La Rocco (United States); Venus Lau (Hong Kong); Simone LeAmon (NGV); Michelle Lim (Australia); Astrid Lorange (Australia); John Macarthur (Australia); Simon Maidment (NGV); Sarah Martin (Australia); Tony Matelli (United States); Hannah McCann (University of Melbourne); Donna McColm (NGV); Ewan McEoin (NGV); George Megalogenis (Australia); Tom Melick (Australia); Timothy Moore (Australia); David Moyle (Australia); Julie Nagam (Canada); Astrida Neimanis (Australia); Peter Otto (University of Melbourne); Tony Oursler (United States); Megan Patty (NGV); Hannah Presley (NGV); Katharina Prugger (NGV); Maria Quirk (NGV); Steven Rhall (Australia); Zoe Rimmer (Australia); Leah Ruppanner (University of Melbourne); Myles Russell-Cook (NGV); Judith Ryan AM (NGV); Kate Ryan (NGV); Michael Ryan (NGV); Tom Simonite (United States); Meg Slater (NGV); Simone Slee (University of Melbourne); Seetal Solanki (United Kingdom); Victor Steffensen (Australia); Maria Tumarkin (University of Melbourne); Lee Ufan (France/Japan); Susan van Wyk (NGV); Pip Wallis (NGV); Danielle Whitfield (NGV); Eva Wilson (United Kingdom/Germany); Fred Wilson (United States); Charles Yu (United States); Donna Zuckerberg (United States)


Tony Albert; Refik Anadol; Joi T. Arcand; Daniel Arsham; Asinnajaq; Atong Atem; Elliot Bastianon; Jonathan Ben-Tovim; Cecilie Bendixen; Naama Bergman; Girma Berta; David Bielander; Hannah Brontë; Danielle Brustman; Bosshard, Tavor & van der Ploeg, and Ani Vihervaara (BTVV); Carnovsky; Guido Casaretto; Megan Cope; Matt Copson; Ilan El; Véronique Ellena; Fallen Fruit; Fecal Matter; Yanni Florence; Adam Nathaniel Furman & Sibling Architecture; Yann Gerstberger; Bruce Gilden; Pirjo Haikola; Dale Hardiman & Stephen Royce; Stuart Haygarth; Talin Hazbar; Porky Hefer; Ayana V. Jackson; JR; Misaki Kawai; Phumzile Khanyile; Kim Sihyun; Tomo Koizumi; Jeff Koons; Siji Krishnan; Kengo Kuma & Associates with Geoff Nees; Alicja Kwade; Des Lawrence; Lee Ufan; Liu Shiyuan; Sabine Marcelis; Tony Matelli; Natasha Matila-Smith; Cristina de Middel & Bruno Morais; Clare Milledge; Pierre Mukeba; Aïda Muluneh; Dhambit Munuŋgurr; Erez Nevi Pana; Glenda Nicholls; Lakin Ogunbanwo; Julian Opie; Susan Philipsz; Adrian Piper; Alice Potts; Richard Quinn; Steven Rhall; Tabor Robak; Rive Roshan; Makiko Ryujin & Michael Gittings; Lara Schnitger; Jim Shaw; Scotty So; Bosco Sodi; Soheila Sokhanvari; Diamond Stingily; Kiran Subbaiah; Tomoaki Suzuki; Angela Tiatia; Faye Toogood; Frieda Toranzo Jaeger; Tromarama; Patricia Urquiola; Sarah Waiswa; Nari Ward; Lukas Wegwerth; Vicki West; Fred Wilson; Cerith Wyn Evans; Liam Young


Publisher: National Gallery of Victoria 
Multi-volume hardback with slipcase 
Outer case 236mm x 292mm 
Volume 1 (Dossier) 230mm x 290mm, 120pp 
Volume 2 (Illumination) 230mm x 290mm, 256pp 
Volume 3 (Reflection) 230mm x 290mm, 240pp 
Volume 4 (Conservation) 230mm x 290mm, 264pp 
Volume 5 (Speculation) 230mm x 290mm, 208pp 
Fully illustrated in colour 
ISBN: 9781925432848 
Category: Contemporary art and design 
RRP: $69.95 
Published: December 2021