'Primavera 2014' curated by Mikala Dwyer

Hossein Ghaemi, Frank: Hole up - Hold up 2013, performance view, YOU

Image: Hossein Ghaemi, Frank: Hole up - Hold up 2013, performance view, YOU'RE HISTORY, Performance Space, Sydney, Image courtesy the artist and The Commercial Gallery, Sydney, © the artist, Photograph: Nic Dorward

4 June 2014

Artist and SCA lecturer Mikala Dwyer is the guest curator for Primavera 2014, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual showcase of Australian artists aged 35 years and under. Among the 13 lucky young artists just announced to feature in Primavera 2014 are SCA alumni Emily Hunt, Hossein Ghaemi and Nick Dorey.

"I am privileged to have travelled to parts of Australia I have never been to in the process of curating Primavera for the MCA, visiting and viewing the work of many brilliant young artists," said Mikala Dwyer.

"When I think through the work of the artists I've selected for Primavera, all sorts of ideas, interests and associations pop up, including Surrealism, robotics, queer fertility, ritual, time, witchcraft, science, alchemy, dreaming and telepathy.

"This Primavera is but a small selection of young Australian artists making wonderful work driven by an endless intelligence and deep curiosity. I am ever grateful for their inspiration
and resilience," she said.

The artists’ ideas are presented across a range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, video, ceramics, textiles, installation and performance.

Mikala Dwyer was one of four artists in the inaugural Primavera at the MCA in 1992. This marked the beginning of a longstanding relationship between Dwyer and the museum. In 2000–01 the MCA presented a solo exhibition of her work and, as part of the MCA Collection, her work has been included in several group exhibitions at the museum.

Primavera was initiated by Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM and their family in memory of their daughter and sister Belinda, a talented jeweller who died at the age of 29. The exhibition commemorates Belinda Jackson by celebrating the creative achievements of talented young artists who are in the early stages of their careers.

Other artists showing in this year’s exhibition are Alison Puruntatameri (NT), Barayuwa Mununggurr (NT), Ben Denham (NSW), Caitlin Franzmann (QLD), Ishmael Marika (NT), Lucienne Rickard (TAS), Madison Bycroft (SA), Marian Tubbs (NSW), Paul Yore (VIC) and Sean Peoples and The Telepathy Project (Veronica Kent and Sean Peoples) (VIC).

Primavera 2014 opens at the MCA on 23 September and runs until 30 November 2014.