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The Fraud Complex

Curated by Johnson+Thwaites (NSW)

Developed in association with West Space

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6 May - 4 Jun


West Space, Level 1, 225 Bourke St, Melbourne


Tue–Sat 12pm–6pm
OPENING Thu 5 May 6pm

Artist talk
Sat 7 May 2pm




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Auslan interpreted artist talk, Sat 7 May 2pm


Contains nudity and adult themes

Event Details

Featuring Abdul Abdullah (NSW), Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA), Hany Armanious (NSW), Tully Arnot (NSW), Bindi Cole (VIC), Megan Cope (Quandamooka/VIC), Beth Dillon (NSW), Sara Morawetz (NSW/USA), Técha Noble (NSW/GER), Yoshua Okón (MEX) and Tyza Stewart (QLD)

At a time when self-help books compel us to accept and express ‘our true selves,’ The Fraud Complex showcases the ways in which eleven artists approach the polar binary of authentic/fake, as it plays out in everyday life.

Incorporating performance, painting, photography, video, sculpture and installation, The Fraud Complex invites audiences into a system of suspended categories. Objects of uncertain provenance co-mingle with artworks, inciting suspicions of duplicity and feelings of doubt. While contemporary art has a complicated relationship with fakes, facsimiles and impersonations, the question of authenticity has relevance beyond the white cube, penetrating everyday debate around gender, ethnicity, morality and science. What constitutes a fraud? Is authenticity an achievable or relevant ideal? And are we all just ‘faking it’ in different ways?


6 MAY | 4pm | 90 min
Indigenous Language Workshop
The first of Next Wave’s Indigenous Language Workshops will be held in conjunction with The Fraud Complex.

7 MAY | 2pm | 30 min
Ships in the Night
Kelly Fliedner’s discursive project, Ships In The Night will feature a performative response to The Fraud Complex.

  • Image #1
    Hany Armanious, 'Body Swap' 2015. Photographer: Peter Morgan, image courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney © the artist
  • Image #2
    Yoshua Okón, 'The Indian Project' (video still), 2015. Image courtesy and © the artist

The Fraud Complex was developed through Next Wave’s Emerging Curators Program with West Space for Next Wave Festival 2016.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, City of Melbourne and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.