Curator Alexi Glass-Kantor believes that literature works as a brilliant foundation for exhibition making. Her first Sydney show in four years is currently showing at Anna Schwartz Gallery and has taken direction from a line in an 8th Century Irish Gaelic ballad entitled Donal Og. The exhibition You promised me, and you said a lie to me shows work from both international and Australian artists, and explores the idea of loss and lament as it is written in the enduring ballad – loss of love, loss of agency and the vulnerability within any promise.

On using Anna Schwartz’s sweeping sector of the Carriageworks precinct, Glass-Kantor says she wanted to be able “to use the architecture of the space as a participant in the show.” South Korean, Berlin based Haegue Yang’s tree-like installation Strange Fruit forms a forest in the centre of the space, while each piece is wire bound to the ceiling, drawing attention to its dramatic height and glowing horizon lights.

Make a path around French artist Laurent Grasso’s large white neon lettering in visibility is a trap, and meet Jane and Louise Wilson’s photo and silkscreen painted face series False Positives ad False Negatives. The exhibition also features Australian Susan Jacob’s compass made of fish leathers and magnetite, and the premiere of Irish artist Jesse Jones’ video piece The Predicament of Man – a day long time lapse of the Moon Plain.

The exhibition You promised me, and you said a lie to me tracks a universal sense of loss, with each of the artists’ work echoing human imperfection and fallibility.

You promised me, and you said a lie to me is showing at Anna Schwartz Gallery at Carriageworks from October 5 to November 9, 2013.