James J. Robinson (AU/PH)

On Golden Days

29 April 2022 - 22 May 2022
Image: James J. Robinson, [On Golden Days], 2022. Courtesy the artist.

Image: James J. Robinson, On Golden Days, 2022. Courtesy the artist.


29 April 2022 - 22 May 2022


Hillvale Gallery [i]
43 – 45 Edward St, Brunswick
Mon – Fri, 11am – 4pm
Sat – Sun, 11am – 3pm




Wheelchair access



On Golden Days is artist James J. Robinson’s first solo-exhibition, deconstructing the architecture of nostalgia.

The past is portrayed systemically in our culture as a bygone era of innocence and purity. Through films, literature, and music, we tend to reflect idealistically on collective history as a way of anaesthetising contemporary anxiety.

However, this yearning for ‘golden days’ means we fetishise an era when prejudice against minorities was rampant, erasing the lived experiences of marginalised peoples.

Without the just retelling of history, who benefits?

Raising funds for Pay the Rent, On Golden Days takes the absurdity of glorifying the past and flips it on its head; calling on Robinson’s queer, Filipino identity to rewrite history with a series of photographs and video works starring an extensive Asian cast.

Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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