New solo exhibition titled, Undercurrent, by Peta Clancy, looks at the massacre sites across Australia that lie silenced and hidden from public knowledge. Showing from the 9 March to 28 April 2019 the show was created during a 12-residency at the Koorie Heritage Trust.
Peta Clancy collaborated with the Dja Dja Wurrung community in the Bendigo region of Central Victoria, to research and develop this series of large format landscape photographs exploring frontier violence and massacre sites in this area.
A solo exhibition, the show is Peta Clancy’s artistic response to these massacre sites and it was informed by extensive consultation with the Traditional Owners and in collaboration with Elders and community members.
Using cutting and layering techniques, Clancy’s work references the emotional and cultural scars left in the landscape by frontier violence, which have been historically and physically covered up by subsequent colonial occupation. By scarring the photographs, Clancy depicts the layers of time – of history, memory and place, uncovering the layers of colonisation and the continuing emotional and cultural effect on the land and the community from massacres that occurred there generations before.
“When I visit the sites and create the work, I am trying to reconcile with the knowledge that violence that occurred at the site. I aim to create landscapes that contain multiple perspectives; historically and temporally. Like two worlds/histories existing in the one place. The images aim to reconcile these perspectives as well as suggest a disconnection between two distinct ways of perceiving the land,’’ says Peta Clancy.
Undercurrent will feature an installation with large-scale, 5m wide x 3.4m high, wallpaper prints and upon this a series of smaller scaled framed photographs. Clancy’s photographs are created over a period of many months. They involve her revisiting the sites repeatedly, at different times of the day and varying weather conditions.
A soundscape will accompany the exhibition along with audio interviews with the Traditional Owners.
Clancy was awarded the 2018 Fostering Koorie Art and Culture Koorie Heritage Trust Residency funded by the Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts Program. Clancy has exhibited extensively across Australia and internationally.
See Peta Clancy’s exhibition Undercurrent at the Koorie Heritage Trust this March and April.
Dates: 9 March - 28 April 2019
Location: Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building, Federation Square.
Cost: Free entry