GERALDTON REGIONAL ART GALLERY
BATAVIA: GIVING VOICE TO THE VOICELESS
CLOSES 9 MARCH
This exhibition follows new discoveries by researchers from the The University of Western Australia into the 1629 wreck of the Dutch ship Batavia and the mutiny, murder and incredible feats of survival it sparked, as reinterpreted by Paul Uhlmann and Robert Cleworth.
The exhibition presents installations of new forms of contemporary memento mori created by Paul Uhlmann and Robert Cleworth, in response to an obscure painting by the Dutch painter Torrentius (1589-1644), who had close connections to the Batavia mutineers. Their re-imagination of these heinous events, together with the re-interpretation provided by Corioli Souter and the documentation of the archaeological dig on Beacon Island, generate a nexus between science and art. Together, their work presents a collective understanding of the Batavia wreck through photogrammetry, scanning (X-Ray, MRI), digital prints, virtual tours,the mechanics of the camera obscura, artist books and paintings.
Works by: Paul Uhlmann, Robert Cleworth, Alistair Paterson, Daniel Franklin, Paul Bourke, Jeremy Green, Corioli Souter, Jan Andriesse, Maarten de Kroon.
Paul Uhlmann, Batavia 4th June 1629 (night of my sickness). Detail
One of three panels. 2017. Oil on canvas 120 x 180 cm
CLOSES 9 MARCH
Featuring new artworks by Thea Costantino, Rebecca Dagnall and Anna Nazzari.
Trespasses explores an ambivalent relationship with Australian places and colonial history through the lens of the Gothic. The Gothic is a pervasive mode for exploring anxieties about the Australian settler-colonial experience, particularly the settler’s struggle between the knowledge of colonial violence and the imperative to repress its memory by displacing it defensively onto the landscape. The exhibition’s title mines the resonances of the term ‘trespass’ to refer both to entering someone’s land without permission and the perpetration of a sin or offence.
Anna Nazzari, level two – emu (detail), 2017
Alumalux metal print, 51 x 34 cm
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