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When silence falls

Fiona Hall Slash and burn 1997 (detail) © Fiona Hall

AGNSW Contemporary Collection Projects

When silence falls presents works by artists from across the globe who respond to the inherent violence of often unacknowledged events – massacres, ethnic cleansing, cultural displacement, political force – and provide a voice for those who have been silenced.

With a considered rather than confrontational approach, these works highlight both the presence and the absence of the individual, exposing the shared nature of humanity – the pain and sorrow we feel knowing that one can inflict such sadness on another.

Artists include Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Paddy Bedford, Daniel Boyd, Shane Cotton, Fiona Hall, William Kentridge, Rusty Peters, Ben Quilty, Pedro Reyes, Doris Salcedo, Timmy Timms, Hossein Valamanesh, Kara Walker and Judy Watson.

 
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