The IMA is pleased to present The Subtropic Complex, an exhibition of Queensland artists around the James Street precinct in Brisbane. The show features works by Clark Beaumont, Louise Bennett, Anastasia Booth, Megan Cope, Sam Cranstoun, Caitlin Franzmann, Alice Lang, Archie Moore, Stephen Russell, Haruka Sawa, Sancintya Simpson, Athena Thebus, and Elizabeth Willing.
The word ‘subtropic’ has long been used as a marketing strategy and cultural signifier to promote Brisbane. The climate is used to distinguish the city from other Australian capitals and its narrative seduces international visitors to travel and do business. ‘Climate’ is a curious term, with two key meanings: the prevailing weather conditions of a region on the one hand, and a way to describe the dominant attitudes of a place on the other. It is primarily this cultural sense of climate that can be felt in the exhibition.
The Subtropic Complex is curated by Tess Maunder and brings together a diverse group of Queensland artists as part of the James Street festival, Resort.