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From Australia: An Accumulation Exhibition Opening
March 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
From Australia: An Accumulation is an imagining of Australian nationalism made through drawing, printmaking, community-engaged workshops, publications and exhibitions.
The project uses the print portfolios produced at the time of the Australian Bicentennial in 1988 as a launching off point. Specifically ‘Aus Australien’, published by Rene Block, and the ‘Bicentennial Portfolio of 25 Australian artists’, published by the Australian Bicentennial Commission. Both have become celebrated time capsules of Australian art and identity. At 2020 and the 250th Anniversary of the Pacific voyages of Captain James Cook, it is essential to revisit what ‘from Australia’ looks like now.
Recently there has been a much needed re-evaluation of Australian history and the legacies of colonialism, and the ways this can be addressed through artwork. From Australia builds from this work and extends the trajectory of historical printmaking portfolios by creating an ongoing, inclusive and reflexive examination of collective Australian identity. The project is ongoing.
As part of the broader project, the exhibition at Watch This Space (WTS) presents portfolio works by Robert Fielding, Chips Mackinolty and Alison Alder, and a selection of artwork contributions made during workshops across Australia, including at WTS in 2021 and Mimili Maku Arts in 2019 and 2021.