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New Eelam: Brisbane

Christopher Kulendran Thomas, ‘New Eelam (2018) in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann; Installation view: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

13 April - 8 June


Institute of Modern Art, 420 Brunswick Street,
Fortitude Valley

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New Eelam is a long-term artwork in the form of a start-up. The premise is based on a real estate technology company founded by artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas to develop a flexible global housing subscription based on collective co-ownership, rather than individually-owned private property. Originated in collaboration with curator Annika Kuhlmann, the venture takes, as a starting point, the art field’s involvement in global processes through which cities around the world are transformed, and explores how to reconfigure what art can actually do in the world structurally. Sitting like a new development in a rapidly-changing neighbourhood, New Eelam: Brisbane presents a sci-fi vision of an alternate reality.