Rethinking nationalism in the wake of COVID

As border closures changed our workplaces, and new authoritarianisms shaped our life, this panel explores how the ‘new normal’ reinvents concepts of nationalism.

All would agree that while some normalcy has returned, our lives remain very different to our pre-COVID world.

A new exhibition at Macquarie University Gallery, and recent panel discussion with the curators, asked the question what nationalism looks like in the wake of COVID.

Have Federation ideals of unity finally been exhausted thanks to the pandemic? And do we value internationalism and localism differently in its wake? 

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina