Curatorial announcements: 2018
I am excited to be lining up a number of curatorial projects for 2018 and am currently piecing two major projects together.
The first will be an exhibition at City of Melbourne Creative Spaces' 'Dirty Dozen' site titled 'Cattle and Cane' after the Go-Betweens' song of the same name. This space is located in a literal and conceptual go-between space; a central network connecting commuters and visitors alike to regional and suburban areas of Victoria. The Dirty Dozen consists of 12 vitrines spaced across two oppositional sides of a pink-tiled underground tunnel connecting Flinders Street and the Yarra River.
Cattle and Cane, held January 15 - March 4, 2018 will survey the works of a number of emerging practitioners who createsubversive dialogue on ubiquitous images and symbols that make up the Australian landscape, with a focus on post-Wilderness landscapes and human intervention in landscape in an effort to move toward de-colonised National imagery. Work included pitches rather dark, disconnected relationships with these objects and landscapes to highlight the sovereignty of country, rather than simply re-hashing colonial perspectives and myths of "the bush" as a ‘National Art’ purports to do.
The second major project I have in the works is an appointment as a member of the curatorium for Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF)'s annual Fashion and Textiles exhibition at First Site Gallery, Swanston Street. The edges and in between looks at how contemporary creative practices embrace ideas of the in-between, looking to liminality, webs of connectedness and interdisciplinarity. Traversing systems of duality as the self/other, object/subject, male/femaleand place/displacement, the edges and in between will act as a critical tool for examining the contemporary experience.