Artbank presents Uncertain Territory, an exhibition that brings together the work of contemporary Australian artists who explore and confront environmental, political and cultural tensions in the landscape. The exhibition will be open until 17 May 2019 at Artbank Sydney (222 Young Street, Waterloo, NSW).
Curated by 2018 Glover Prize winner Halinka Orszulok, the exhibition examines multifaceted narratives within landscapes.
‘The notion that we can stake out territory as our own is fraught with complications. There are economic, agricultural, environmental, political, cultural and spiritual stakeholders, all writing their own stories over the landscape,’ said Halinka.
‘Sometimes it is impossible for these narratives to co-exist. These artworks remind us that when observing the landscape, we need to remain aware of the ground that we are viewing from and occasionally challenge the habitual ways that we frame place. We are on a journey where we must continue to adapt thoughtfully.’
Participating artists consider the spirituality of place, class politics, the natural cycles of the seasons and the land, cultural identity, land ownership, and socially engaged artistic practices across a range of media.
The exhibition will feature a live biochar artwork by Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation artist Georgie Pollard which demonstrates what is possible when artists and farmers come together to envision a new future for agriculture and the environment.
Uncertain Territory artists include: Uri Auerbach, Tina Havelock Stevens, Alana Hunt, Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Raquel Ormella, Halinka Orszulok, Kunmanara Williams and Sammy Dodd.
‘Pressures on the environment are clearly the pressing problem of the now. Uncertain Territory creatively looks at land use from water to soil; it is challenging, hopeful and even sometimes beautiful,’ said Dr Oliver Watts, Head Curator of Artbank.
Established in 1980, Artbank is an Australian Government arts support program, and a key component of the Government’s support for visual artists. The program aims to increase the sustainability and accessibility of Australian contemporary art; support Australian contemporary artists; and encourage engagement with and appreciation of Australian contemporary art by the broader community. The Artbank collection includes over 10,000 artworks made accessible through the operation of a unique art leasing program where artworks can be leased by the public.
About the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA)
The Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation is a think tank for alternative, sustainable living practices and a platform for artists and others who are experimenting with adaptive cultural change. It aims to support creative work that reaches beyond the familiar context of art to investigate new ways of acting in the world.
Artbank Sydney, 222 Young Street, Waterloo, NSW
22 February to 17 May 2019
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Thursday, 21 February 2019, 6 – 8pm
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