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AGNSW collection Francis Alÿs Railings 2004

AGNSW collection Francis Alÿs Railings 2004

The joy of music. Could there be anything better than a stick, some railings and a pair of walking feet to make us feel the music? The always fabulous Francis Alÿs takes it to the streets of London in this playful intervention – part ramble, part performance.

AGNSW collection Angelica Mesiti Rapture (silent anthem) 2009

AGNSW collection Angelica Mesiti Rapture (silent anthem) 2009

The joy of the shared moment. Angelica Mesiti won the Blake Prize for Religious Art with this spellbinding video in 2009. Capturing the faces of a crowd in the rapturous grip of an unseen performance, she invites us too to become part of the collectively shared intense emotion. We're all in this together, remember?

AGNSW collection Nigel Milsom Judo house part 6 (the white bird) 2014-2015

AGNSW collection Nigel Milsom Judo house part 6 (the white bird) 2014-2015

The joy of ecstasy. We may not have the 17th-century original in the Gallery’s collection, but we do have Nigel Milsom's crazy take on Bernini's Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. His reminds us of the acute contrasts revealed in such moments of bliss: pleasure abiding with pain; the shadow and the light, the body and the spirit as one.

AGNSW collection Cherine Fahd The chosen, Africa 2003-2004

AGNSW collection Cherine Fahd The chosen, Africa 2003-2004

The joy of sensation: Cherine Fahd caught her subjects in The chosen series secretly, as they cooled off in a moment of pure pleasure. Without knowing the context of the ‘Paris-Plages’ – the artificial yet very welcome beaches held each year (well, maybe not 2020) along the banks of the Seine – we are left to simply read the delight of sensation on skin.

AGNSW collection Bill Viola Six heads 2000

AGNSW collection Bill Viola Six heads 2000

The joy of being human. In his series The passions, Bill Viola allows deceptively simple techniques, like the close up and slo-mo, to reveal a sequence of emotions in the face of his subject. We might well identify with them right now, including as they do anger, fear and sorrow, but also, of course, joy.

AGNSW collection Leonie Reisberg Untitled 1979

AGNSW collection Leonie Reisberg Untitled 1979

The joy of life. In case we need a little help experiencing joy, let's take some sage advice from a friend of Leonie Reisberg. Be in the moment, share as much as we can with loved ones and, above all, jump as high as you can!