Family: Visions of a Shared Humanity – Group Show

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia
06 Nov 2021 - 13 Feb 2022

John Akomfrah Tropikos 2016 (detail, video still), Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, museum purchase with funds provided by PAMM’s Collectors Council © Smoking Dogs Films; Image courtesy Lisson Gallery.

Nine leading international video artists on the interconnectedness of humanity at a moment of division.

Guest curated by Franklin Sirmans, the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Family: Visions of a Shared Humanity presents an important exhibition of video works by some of the most internationally renowned artists of our time.
Family invokes the humanity of the world as interconnected by shared concerns. When we are all facing attack by both an invisible virus and a highly visible pandemic of social injustice, can we find deeper meaning in the term ‘family’, as it pertains to humanity globally?

This moment, marked in the United States and beyond by a litany of recent murders of Black people, has also seen courageous activism and coalition-building through recognition of the intersectionality of race, gender and disadvantage.

Family brings together an epic suite of powerful works, many never seen before in Australia – by leading artists such as John Akomfrah (Ghana/UK, 1957), Garrett Bradley (USA, 1986), Stan Douglas (Canada, 1960), Theaster Gates (USA, 1973), Arthur Jafa (USA, 1960), Kahlil Joseph (USA, 1981), Isaac Julien (UK, 1969), Steve McQueen (UK, 1969) and Carrie Mae Weems (USA, 1953). Together, these pieces – mostly in the democratic medium of video – open a conversation by asking: how do we see each other?