ON THIS SITE // MAY 2015

MAY/JUNE AT VERGE GALLERY :: ON THIS SITE
MAY 21- JUNE 13, 2015
Decolonising Praxis panel discussion here: https://verge-gallery.net/2015/06/20/decolonising-praxis-panel-june-2015/



ON THIS SITE ::
Karla Dickens, Ishmael Marika, Claudia Nicholson, Christopher Pease, Joan Ross, Salote Tawale, Garry Trinh
Curators: Kate Blackmore and Siân McIntyre
Programs: Decolonising Praxis panel discussion https://verge-gallery.net/2016/01/14/decolonising-praxis-panel-june-2015/

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.

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