Join us for Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism curated by
Gertrude Contemporary Artistic Director Mark Feary. 

Gertrude Contemporary ||21-31 High Street, Preston South
 Friday 4 October, 6-8pm
Exhibition DatesSaturday 5 October - Saturday 9 November 2019
Artists: Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Garifalakis, Eric Jong, Andrew Liversidge,
Todd McMillan, Tracey Moffatt, Nell, Sanja Pahoki, Alex Seton, Grant Stevens and Myuran Sukumaran.

Margaret Lawrence Gallery || 40 Dodds Street, Southbank
OpeningThursday 17 October, 5.30-7.30pm
Exhibition DatesFriday 18 October - Saturday 16 November 2019
Artists: Chicks on Speed, Mutlu Çerkez, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tony Garifalakis, Nell, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and Myuran Sukumaran.

Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism is a curated exhibition of Australian and international contemporary art presented across two sites, Gertrude Contemporary and the Margaret Lawrence Gallery at the Victorian College of the Arts. The project focuses on how artists consider the depletion of optimism, how they might envisage the end of days, and how they make sense of these tumultuous times. Exploring themes of mortality, fatalism, extinction, pain (both emotional and physical), failure and downfall, the works largely focus on the specific moment when hope evaporates for the final time. Explored with compassion, humour, sadness and resignation, Hope Dies Last confronts our individual and collective anxieties around death, reminding us of the certainty of this fate, yet recognising this conclusionary moment as one we will experience alone. Hope Dies Last will be one of the most depressing events of the year, an exhibition that will riddle us with sadness, and likely leave us more pessimistic than we have ever been before. 

Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Arts Festival and Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne.


Image caption: Tony Garifalakis, Fucking Optimism, 2007, cut felt and glue, 120 x 90 cm.
Image courtesy of the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.