The exhibition is based on the MCA collection of works by artists who participated in Primavera, MCA's annual exhibition of young Australian artists under the age of 35.
Although the works presented were created before the pandemic, they can be approached from a new perspective. Emma White questions capitalists' demands for productivity, while Cyrus de Souz emphasizes housing insecurity and the importance of public space. Hiromi Tango invites us to experience the therapeutic benefits of movement and self-expression, while Dion Beasley takes us back to the customs of the locals, encouraging us to deepen our social bonds. The selected works highlight a longstanding burden on society that needs to be addressed. The exhibition borrows its title from the work of Matthew Griffin. As a one-off statement, this is something that any of us can mutter to ourselves at the moment. Anxiety is one of the many reactions we might land on as our emotions fluctuate with the news cycle. Considering the immediate impact of the pandemic on modern society, the project reflects on the potential for long-term structural change.