Material Place: Reconsidering Australian Landscapes
- When 21 Jun - 7 Sep 2019
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Soft soil between our toes and jagged rocks underfoot. Are they fossil fuel deposits ripe for exploitation or sacred Dreaming sites?
'Material Place' gathers artists who, whether in local ochres or on Google Earth, are thinking through the materiality of the Australian landscape and its representation. Abstraction is a strategy for some artists, while others delve into how it arises as a byproduct of the law or mapping. The intricate connection between places and peoples is a focus of reflection for many of the artists, some of whom chart First Nations’ intergenerational relationships to Country.
From land rights to environmental degradation, exhibiting artists also capture how the impact of mining and fracking reverberates beyond a single site. The intertwined political and economic forces that can reshape a place for generations to come is a shared point of entry to these artworks.
Robert Andrew, Tully Arnot, Megan Cope, Brodie Ellis, Bonita Ely, Lu Forsberg, Gunybi Ganambarr, Dale Harding, Mabel Juli, Nicholas Mangan, Yukultji Napangati and Rachel O’Reilly.
Symposium: From Site to Place
Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 June
‘From Site to Place’ is a two-day symposium presented by UNSW Galleries in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW. This program of talks, panel discussions and screenings brings together contemporary artists and thinkers to explore relationships between place, space and land within the intertwined contexts of neoliberalism, settler colonialism and environmental degradation.
Day one will take place at UNSW Galleries and day two at the Art Gallery of NSW. More details will be announced soon.