Landscape is a vital theme through which artists have tackled issues of representation, nation and identity in both Australia and the UK. Figuring Landscapes is a remarkable collection of moving image works that has grown from the background of the political and cultural history that links the two countries and the close relationship that continues between them.
Presented internationally as a series of screening programmes, the works in Figuring Landscapes take on questions addressing ecological survival, post-industrialism, gender, the touristic gaze, and uniquely in Australia the social, political and cultural status of Indigenous people in a post-colonial modern society.
Figuring Landscapes premieres at ArtSway in the New Forest and will travel to Tate Modern, London; Showroom, Sheffield; Chapter Arts, Cardiff; Brighton Cinematheque; Bureau, Salford; Dundee Contemporary Arts; Vivid, Birmingham; Hull Short Film Festival and FACT, Liverpool. The collection
will then embark on an Australian tour beginning at the Gallery of Modern Art, and the DELL galleries in Brisbane.
Figuring Landscapes is accompanied by a major publication with commissioned essays by Professor Malcolm Andrews, Eu Jin Chua, Professor Catherine Elwes and Steven Ball, Dr. Stan Frankland, Dr. Eric Hirsch, Professor Pat Hoffie and Dr. Danni Zuvela and Professor Ross Gibson.
Figuring Landscapes was conceived by Catherine Elwes and Steven Ball.
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