Robert Fielding

Routes / Roots

22 February 2020 > 17 May 2020
Opening on Friday 21 February 2020, 6-8PM, RSVP here




Robert Fielding, Kapi Waralpa (Distant Rain), 2019, rusted and sand-blasted water tank panel.
Image courtesy of the artist, Mimili Maku Arts and Blackartprojects.

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Robert Fielding is a contemporary artist of Pakistani, Afghan, Western Arrente and Yankunytjatjara descent, who lives in Mimili Community in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Fielding’s work combines strong cultural roots with contemporary perspectives.

This new body of work has been led by an enquiry into cultural objects that have been collected and removed from country since the beginning of colonisation, Fielding has also researched his ancestors’ travel and trade routes, reconsidering them in a contemporary context.

Routes / Roots investigates the maintenance of and care for resources, which has been a finely balanced process for thousands of years around the artist’s home.

This exhibition is presented as part of PHOTO2020.

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"I’m asking people to look beneath the surface and see that our differences are only skin deep. It doesn't matter what colour or race you are, we all have blood running through our veins."
Robert Fielding


Robert Fielding

Robert Fielding is from the community of Mimili in the far north west of South Australia, at the base of the Everard Ranges. Fielding also has familial ties to Afghanistan, through his ancestors who helped open up Australia’s interiors as cameleers.

In 2017, Fielding produced a series of long-exposure photographs of abandoned vehicles in the desert, which he painted with reflective materials and lit up with tealight candles. His current practice spans photography, sculpture, film and installation.

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Portrait of Robert Fielding. Image courtesy of the artist, Mimili Maku Arts and Blackartprojects.

Fielding won the work on paper category at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards in 2015 and 2017. He also won the 2015 Desart Art Worker Prize. Fielding has held solo exhibitions in Adelaide and Melbourne, and has work in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Fielding is represented by Mimili Maku Arts and Blackartprojects.


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