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– Anusha Kenny –

By Winter 2009

‘True Crime: Murder and Misdemeanor in Australian Art’ (2008–09) exhibition review

Initially, the main ambition of ‘True Crime’ seemed to be to provide a thematic overview of Australian art. Yet one could argue that artists who are fascinated by crime recognise that there are underlying similarities between the positions of artists and criminals within a society, and that they may both have roles to play in shaping the national image. That is to say, if a nation is shaped by those who literally make themselves an exception to the law, it could also be defined by those who make themselves an exception to societal norms by founding their work on personal sovereignty. – Anusha Kenny

Mark Hilton, Champion returns, 2007; lambda duratran on double-sided lightbox; courtesy the artist and Geelong Gallery