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The Long Weekend in Alice Springs Joshua Santospirito and Craig San Roque

The Long Weekend is a long, slow meditation on cultures and their behaviours. First written as an essay by San Roque, then re-crafted into comic-form by Santospirito years later.

Commencing with the launch of the book, this exhibition shows the original artwork for the first time with background sketches and annotations.

The Long Weekend is a graphic novel adaption of an essay that explores the idea of the Cultural Complex; a concept developed from Carl Jung’s work. San Roque, the author of the original essay, acts as narrator and protagonist, taking the reader through a series of poetic thoughts, places and time zones. Set over the course of a football long weekend in the central Australian desert town of Alice Springs San Roque grapples with his analysis of history, culture and the pain which unconscious complexes, intentionally and unintentionally, inflict upon other cultures.

Commencing with the launch of the graphic novel on May the 10th, this exhibition shows the original artwork for the first time with background sketches.