Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism Exhibition
Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism is an exhibition of Australian and international contemporary art presented across two sites, the Margaret Lawrence Gallery and Gertrude Contemporary. The project focuses on how artists consider the depletion of optimism, how they might envisage the end of days, and how they make sense of these tumultuous times. Exploring themes of mortality, fatalism, extinction, pain (both emotional and physical), failure and downfall, the works centre on the specific moment when hope evaporates. Explored with compassion, humour, sadness and resignation, Hope Dies Last confronts individual and collective anxieties around death.