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Bris­bane’s For­ti­tude Val­ley is un­der­go­ing a re­vival, thanks to the cen­tre­piece James Street strip of cafes, chic shops, res­tau­rants and de­sign-driven ho­tels; David Jones has even opened a bou­tique-sized fash­ion store. Also in this mix is the In­sti­tute of Mod­ern Art at the Ju­dith Wright Cen­tre on Brunswick Street, where co-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors Aileen Burns and Jo­han Lundh walk me around four big, well-lit gallery spa­ces to preview ex­hi­bi­tions. On un­til July 15 is Corps a Corps, the first solo show­ing in Aus­tralia by Celine Con­dorelli and de­scribed as “case-stud­ies in what an ex­hi­bi­tion can be, cre­at­ing di­verse en­vi­ron­ments where ev­ery­thing from cli­mate to fur­ni­ture are in­te­gral fea­tures”. Ma­te­rial Politics is also show­ing un­til July 15, fea­tur­ing Me­gan Cope, Keg de Souza, Archie Moore, Gabriella and Sil­vana Mangano, Tintin Wu­lia, Raquel Ormella, Jemima Wy­man and Zach Blas. “Con­cep­tu­al­ism, fru­gal­ity and politics com­bine to cre­ate pow­er­ful re­flec­tions on the so­ci­ety we live in” de­scribes this ho­mage to fru­gal­ity, ev­ery­day items and the im­pact of tech­nol­ogy. It’s a theme that seems at odds with For­ti­tude Val­ley’s new em­pha­sis on the cool and cov­etable so there’s much to con­sider about the in­her­ent ironies. If some­thing more ac­tive ap­peals, Bris­bane-based Ross Man­ning’s ex­per­i­men­tal ki­netic, light and sound sculp­tures (pic­tured) are cen­tre­pieces of his solo show, Au­gust 5-Oc­to­ber 28. More: ima.org.au.

SUSAN KUROSAWA

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