Opening reception: James J. Robinson

30 April 2022
Image: James J. Robinson, [On Golden Days], 2022. Courtesy the artist.

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


30 April 2022

Saturday, 5-8pm (AEST)


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


Wheelchair access


Free, no bookings required

Join us for the opening reception of On Golden Days. This is James J. Robinson’s first solo-exhibition, where he is deconstructing the architecture of nostalgia.

The past is portrayed systemically in our culture as a bygone era of innocence and purity. Through films, literature, 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 where 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 work starring an extensive Asian cast.

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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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