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AAANZ: Out of Place, highly commended


Drill Hall Publishing’s exhibition catalogue Out of Place (2021), edited by Oscar Capezio (Curator, ANU Art Collection) has been Highly Commended by the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) in their annual Arts Writing and Publishing Awards. AWAPA awards recognise the best in arts writing and research across Australia and New Zealand each year. Out of Place was published in conjunction with the exhibition Out of Place, Drill Hall Gallery, April 17 – June 13, 2021, also curated by Capezio.

From the judges: This modest staple-bound catalogue in a plastic sleeve (edition: 200) belied a curatorial project of considerable ambition and intellectual rigour. Curator Capezio’s key catalogue essay clearly showed the depth of his research into and engagement with his project which struck one as being essentially driven by the work rather than the other way around. This primacy for the artwork was reflected by the catalogue design with the essays forming a text supplement tucked inside the back sleeve of the ‘main’ catalogue documenting the work. Capezio’s text was ably and imaginatively supported by writing from Terence Maloon, Helen Ennis and Tom Melick. Ennis’s essay, a reprint from a 1994-’95 catalogue, also reflected the exhibition’s expansive investigation of the ‘contemporary’, drawing on work from 1979 to the present day (2021).

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Image: Installation of Out of Place, ANU Drill Hall Gallery April 17 – June 21, 2021. Photo: David Paterson.

The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.