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Andy Butler 

Writer + Curator + Artist

August 2019

‘Place to Dwell’

this mob at West Space, published in The Saturday Paper

Read article here


“Art collectives in Melbourne have been on the rise recently and, like this mob, it seems the push for them comes as a reaction to the lack of adequate infrastructure within the frameworks of the art world for minority artists. Collectives such as New Wayfinders for Pasifika diaspora artists, Still Nomads for African-diaspora artists and Eleven collective for Muslim artists have all cropped up in the past few years.

We’re at an interesting time when the sorts of artistic institutions that have driven people to collectivise are now scrambling to work with them. While mainstream art institutions have been anxiously trying to understand how to break out of a culturally homogeneous and colonial framework they exist within, those already on the outside have been coming together to find ways to subvert it.”



Cargo Collective 2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles