EXHIBITION DATES:Saturday, 22 September 2012 - Sunday, 28 October 2012
OPENING:Friday 21 September 6-8pm
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Glenn Iseger-Pilkington has curated Linden Centre
for Contemporary Arts' current exhibition omission. This
exhibition explores Australia's tragic colonial history, in
particular the overt culture and practice of division, exclusion
and omission of Indigenous peoples, their cultures, their
landscapes and the creatures that occupy them. The exhibition
continues until 28 October 2012.
Seven indigenous artists Bindi Cole, Michael Cook, Fiona
Foley, Sandra Hill, Danie Mellor, Reko Rennie and Yhonnie
Scarce each interrogate these omissions. They give voice to
those who did not have that opportunity while simultaneously paying
homage to their Indigenous ancestors. They make a loud and
unapologetic declaration that such injustices and atrocities shall
not go unwritten, unmade or unremembered.
Bindi Cole's installation Goodbye
Pain, 2012, explores forgiveness and is conceptually
grounded in personal memory and experience, yet told through the
face of another.
Michael Cook's work interrogates Australian
history through the rendering of scenes that sit equally in the
realm of reality and the fictional. His striking imagery challenges
our national history whilst exploring the stereotypes of Indigenous
people which have come into being through an endless production
line of kitsch Aboriginalia.
Fiona Foley's evocative and challenging works
are well-known for their capacity to make an audience complicit
within their narratives. The Oyster Fisherman series
tells of a harrowing day for one Indigenous woman.
Sandra Hill is a member of the Stolen
Generation. Her works tell a painful history, shared by many
Indigenous Australian peoples while asserting cultural strength and
Danie Mellor's engages with historical imagery
to explore connection and custodianship of place beyond that of the
western notion of ownership. His works depict a transformed
Australian landscape, with all of its omissions and falsities.
Reko Rennie is an artist who approaches history
and politics in a very accessible and overt fashion. Finding
comfort in making statements of gravity, Rennie interrogates the
Church's involvement in the forcible removal of Indigenous
Yhonnie Scarce is a practitioner with a
powerful sensibility. Her glass works pay homage to the many
Indigenous peoples massacred in the establishment of the Australian
Glenn Iseger-Pilkington is a curator of
Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. He is a
member of the Wadjarri, Nhanda and Nyoongar peoples of Western
Omission is open from 22 September to 28
October 2012. The gallery opens from Tuesday to Friday from 1pm-5pm
and weekends 11am-5pm.