In a modern world where ‘fake news’ and the truth is constantly being questioned, new commissions by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), The Theatre is Lying, shows works that share an interest in the construction of alternative narratives and worlds through illusionary, illusory, cinematic and theatrical devices.

Curated by ACCA Artistic Director, Max Delany and Senior Curator, Annika Kristensen, with new works from artists: Anna Breckon, Nat Randall, Sol Calero, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Matthew Griffin and Daniel Jenatsch, this exhibition delves into the world of conspiracy theories, red herrings, smoke and mirrors, espionage and spy dramas, and the representations and misrepresentations of cinema and media.

Exploring ideas of truth and fiction, perception and abstraction, and the warping of time and space, the exhibition also questions the role of the spectator as an active agent in a world where we are all actors. It examines the increasing interplay between subjective and objective, and psychic and social structures.

The Theatre is Lying also tries to make use of the white cube of the gallery and black box of cinema, to create a gallery that is a transformative threshold, where people can examine the potential of imagination and artifice as means to reflect upon, critique and even escape – if only momentarily – the everyday reality of our life and times.

This exhibition is the first inaugural Macfarlane Commission at ACCA, which is a major initiative of The Macfarlane Fund, a new philanthropic group established in 2017 to honour the life of Melbourne businessman Donald Macfarlane.

Find out more about ACCA's exhibition The Theatre is Lying here on their website!


Dates: 5 December – 24 March 2019

Location: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (111 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC)

Times: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Weekends 11am – 5pm

Cost: Free

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