Andy Butler 

Writer + Curator + Artist

Image: Hiwa K video work in The Tangible Trace
June 2019

‘Trace Against Time’ 

Review by Andy Butler of The Tangible Trace at TarraWarra Museum of Art published in The Saturday Paper

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“While all the works open a space of deep reflection on some defining issues of our time, the exhibition’s centring of the poetic and gentle gesture asks too few challenging or unsettling questions of the audience. It demands nothing of us. It feels as if the viewer is being handled with kid gloves, in the politest terms possible.

This lets in a feeling of acquiescence across the curated works – that all is lost but at least it’s beautiful. It feels untimely, especially given the heated discussions happening worldwide in cultural institutions and further afield: we know old structures of power and ways of being are fading into irrelevance and people are agitating for action.”

Cargo Collective 2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles