11-Jan-2016 - 29-Dec-2017

Colonial Afterlives

Ewan Atkinson, Daniel Boyd, Charles Campbell, Maree Clark, Fiona Foley, Julie Gough, Hew Locke, Kent Monkman, James Newitt, Geoff Parr, Yvonne Rees-Pagh, Lisa Reihana, Joan Ross, Christian Thompson

For many artists colonial business is unfinished, and its legacies are raw; history is now, and it matters. Colonial Afterlives considers a range of contemporary responses to British colonisation from artists living in Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, Canada and Britain. Incorporating a diversity of views, indigenous and diasporic foremost among them, these range from melancholic eulogies to passionate commentaries on the complex legacies of British occupation. While the artists are all finely attuned to the histories and politics of their own region, the exhibition reveals profound and sometimes surprising confluences.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

Image: Christian Thompson Invaded Dreams 2012 From the Polari series C-type print 100 x 100 cm. Christian Thompson is represented by Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi Melbourne and Michael Reid Sydney and Berlin

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17-Jun-2017 - 15-Apr-2018

New Alchemists

Art Orienté Objet (Marion Laval-Jeantet and Benoit Mangin), Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr, Ian Haig, Nadege Phillipe-Janon, Michaela Gleave, Thomas Thwaites, Lu Yang

A Salamanca Arts Centre exhibition toured by Contemporary Art Tasmania - New Alchemists explores a diverse suite of works by Australian and International artists exploring ideas of futuristic biologies and post-human engagements within the broad intersections of art and science.
Paralleling a view of the artist as contemporary alchemist, the selected works channel experiences
beyond our accessible human and non-human worlds. Through play, ambiguity and provocation,
the works engage in narratives that collapse our sense of familiarity and embodied otherness with
the world around us.

Image: Art Orienté Objet, May the Horse Live in Me!, 2011 HD video 24 mins

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