MAY/JUNE AT VERGE GALLERY :: ON THIS SITE
May 21 – June 13, 2015
PUBLIC PROGRAM ::
+ Decolonising Praxis panel discussion, June 3 2015
ON THIS SITE ::
Karla Dickens, Ishmael Marika, Claudia Nicholson, Christopher Pease, Joan Ross, Salote Tawale, Garry Trinh
Curators: Kate Blackmore and Siân McIntyre
The past is never fully gone. It is absorbed into the present and the future. It stays to shape what we are and what we do – Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia, Inaugural Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture, August 1996.
On This Site is the beginning of a statement that evokes notions of land, history, memory, possession, dispossession and perhaps most obviously, the frontier. In The Road to Botany Bay Paul Carter discusses the frontier as a place of communication – while it can be a place of violence it is also within this clash that conversation can occur.
Curated by Kate Blackmore and Sian McIntrye, On This Site features works by Australian artists from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, offering anti-colonial cultural critiques and provocative new ways to read dominant productions of Australian national identity. With this exhibition, Blackmore and McIntyre hope to contribute to the discussion on decolonisation from a non-Indigenous perspective, creating a space for self-questioning and unsettlement. Held in conjunction with Reconciliation Week, On This Site will also attempt to generate a renewed dialogue around the meaning and relevance of reconciliation in Australia.