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There’s a world of creativity within our city. Explore these five exhibitions showing at smaller Canberra galleries you may not have visited.

When it comes to art galleries, Canberrans are spoilt for choice—there’s plenty to explore beyond the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery.

Check out these five exhibitions showing at smaller independent galleries and marvel at our city’s creative culture.

Fiori, Nudi e Acqua

 

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Internationally acclaimed fine art and fashion photographer, Canberra’s Lori Cicchini presents Fiori, Nudi e Acqua, a collection of works embellishing the beauty of florals, nudes and water.

Cicchini’s solo show is the largest body of work she has produced for one show. Her ethereal works, from nudes literally floating in water or nestled in nature to floral vanitas still lifes, celebrate the fleeting fragility of beauty. They reflect birth, death and rebirth, asher bodies shed their skin to metamorphosise like chrysalis.

Private opening on Thursday 20 May, then showing at Grainger Gallery until 6 June | graingergallery.com.au

Double Crossed

Double Crossed, eX de Medici’s extraordinary work, gravitates around concepts of power through violence, geo-economic politics and environment. Created in her Canberra studio over lockdown, this exhibition presents eX’s newest series of detailed watercolours of hybridised moths and weaponry.

The juxtaposition of weapons with these images of natural beauty continues eX’s study into the divide between two sciences; one devoted to the preservation of life on our planet and the other bent towards the destruction of the world through the advancement of human industry and greed.

Mesmerisingly beautiful, eX’s moths are deceptively complex, beguiling us with questions about violence, corruption and human ego.

Showing at Beaver Galleries until 30 May | beavergalleries.com.au

The Impulse of Hysteria

 

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Sometimes vulnerable and often intimate, The Impulse of Hysteria confronts the messy aspects of being human on blunt and uneasy terms. In a collection of 30 paintings, Ashley Cullen’s first solo exhibition imagines a visceral world of faces and bodies.

Inspired by mythic figures, tragedy and personal relationships, Cullen’s paintings deal explicitly with themes of love and loss as well as the fleeting yet intense emotions that characterise us as uniquely human.

Showing at Belconnen Arts Centre until 27 June | belcoarts.com.au

Australien

 

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Living in Australia as a child of parents who were born overseas can often be a delicate balance. Different lunches packed for school, different languages at home, different religions, different clothes, different skin.

Featuring first- and second-generation Australian artists— Lara Chamas, Mariana del Castillo, Caroline Garcia, Shivanjani Lal, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Andy Mullens and Elefteria Vlavianos— Australien investigates the complexities of balancing the cultures of their heritage with the culture they live in today.

Showing at Canberra Contemporary Art Space until 11 July | ccas.com.au

Seeing Canberra

 

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As a city initiated as an imagined capital for the new Australian nation, Canberra has been a place that quickly invited visual representation. As it developed, artists have seen the city through different lenses, and these have shaped the way they understood and interpreted the evolving landscape.

In Seeing Canberra, visitors will journey through four key periods of the city’s development and for each, will encounter an object that represents a prism to understand a way of seeing at that time.

Showing until 24 July at CMAG | cmag.com.au

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