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  • Jan 01, 2023

Naarm/Melbourne: There and Back Again

Installation view of ARCHIE MOORE’s “Dwelling (Victorian Issue),” at Gertrude Contemporary, Naarm/Melbourne, 2022. Photo by Christian Capurro. Courtesy the artist and Gertrude Contemporary.

The year 2022 began with Naarm/Melbourne slowly emerging from one of the world’s longest Covid-19 lockdowns. Art institutions and those who run them waited with bated breath to see how the city’s first year of “Covid normal” would unfold. Conversations at Artist-Run Initiatives (ARIs) to commercial galleries to Naarm/Melbourne’s monolithic National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) were filled with a cautious trepidation and their programming seemingly matched. As the world returned to a new kind of normal so too had our city but at a slower pace, one filled with fatigue.

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