A decolonial geographic
Curated by Fernando do Campo
Exhibition dates: 19 March – 30 April 2017
Opening Saturday 18 March, 5.30 pm
Artists: Richard Bell, Jon Cattapan, Juan Davila, Kerry Gregan, Raafat Ishak, Penny Mason, Alex Pittendrigh, Jessica Rankin, Judy Watson, Megan Walch and Ruth Waller.
Under the Devonport Regional Gallery’s Guest Curator Program, artist and curator Fernando do Campo brings together the work of 11 artists who engage with pictorial, material and philosophical questions that rethink misleading representations of the Australian landscape in A decolonial geographic.
Ideas of the pastoral and natural Australian landscape are commonly depicted as postcard perfect – sublime and transcendent – and emptied of human beings. A decolonial geographic recalibrates this idealised and romantic view of what landscape signifies and how it should be portrayed.
The 11 artists’ work is not commonly within the landscape genre, but it comments on being in the landscape and on the implications of our presence on the planet – introducing a new lexicon for the genre of landscape where the colonial lens has prevailed.
Image credit: Jon Cattapan, Fall of the Valley Kings, 2016, oil on linen. Courtesy of the artist.