Ghost Citizens follow us and infiltrate our daily lives. In a continent full of the ghosts and shadows of colonialism, the historical, social, and physical landscape is pitted. Each story is a ghost story loaded with shadows – a kind of ‘scar’ story. Djon Mundine OA
An exhibition placing works by leading contemporary artists Deborah Vaughan and Toni Warburton side-by-side with activist commentary to ask who owns Sydney’s pristine water resources. Rivers in our sacrosanct water catchment areas have been cracked, drained and polluted: undermined by underground coal mining.
Utopia Limited adapts the Biennale of Sydney’s ‘Zones of Contact’ theme to question its host city, a place where lifestyle is pathological and the charm of the surface rests on uneasy exclusions. These artists engage with the notion of urban landscape as historic archive. A politics of landscape based on entry or exclusion is brought home.
The exhibition reflects on these sorry days of government manipulation of unions and the introduction of divisive industrial laws, on the curbing of civil liberties and the strangling of access to information. It also identifies a strong neo-conceptual critical and aesthetic strain within contemporary Australian art practice that interacts with global concerns and local political topics.
Source: Solo Survey Exhibition Linkage Project, Tasmanian School of Art, UTAS
CACSA Exhibition Archive