SEDITION 2020 is an art trail that populates windows in Sydney's CBD and inner Sydney. Our only hope is art!
Everyone’s talking about transphobia, xenophobia, Sino phobia., the killer flu. Everyone’s talking black lives matter, cancel culture, Trump steaks, civil war and chai latte. We’re all wearing activewear, running on hydrogen, harvesting metadata, masticating vegan pizza and looking like bandits.
SEDITION 2020 has put the call out to a range of artists to explain just that.
This year SEDITION will pivot into an art trail, that takes art out of the galleries and into the streets where works will stimulate debate in the community. In this first, the SEDITION art trail will populate 16 shopfront windows across the city.
The artists who have joined with us include: Imants Tillers, Brooke Andrew, Blak Douglas, Reg Mombassa, Julie Rapp, Luke Sciberras Tamara Dean, Claudia Chan Shaw, Jason Wing, Destiny Deacon, Stu Spence, Toby Zoates, Meg Hewitt, Anne Zahalka, Fiona Lowry and Fiona Hall.
The works are beautiful, but they are also related to issues in the public discourse – Black Lives Matter, sexism, anti-science, Australia v China, climate change and the toxic side of Australian culture. They are more than pretty pictures.
The SEDITION art festival is in its second year. The core of SEDITION 2020 is the art trail that snakes through Sydney displaying some of Australia’s best and most provocative artists. COVID-19 has hollowed out Sydney’s public spaces and markets and it is in these phantom spaces that art shoots up with hope and beauty and defiance. It’s a mean old world now and the hands of joyless repression have grasped our collective necks.
Our only hope is art.