Soil acts as both matter and metaphor in a new collaborative exhibition looking at the relationship between colonisation and environmental change, and asking how we can perceive land holistically—as both a tangible element needing our care, and a theoretical territory with contested history. 13 practitioners explore these themes in The Soils Project at TarraWarra Museum of Art.
Not just an exhibition, The Soils Project is an ongoing research-based project that began in 2018 as a collaboration between three institutions: TarraWarra Museum of Art in Healesville, Victoria; the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands; and Struggles for Sovereignty, an art collective based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. They have been working with various practitioners—artists, writers, curators, activists—to explore the liminal spaces between land as environment, and land as territory.
The project has existed in various forms: a public webinar series, a workshop, a curatorium, and now an exhibition, featuring both local and international artists exhibiting existing and newly commissioned works. The latter includes a large-scale photographic installation by Bangerang artist Peta Clancy and a series of earth maps of the site of Coranderrk Aboriginal Station in a collaborative project by Quandamooka artist Megan Cope and Australian artist Keg de Souza.
International representation includes Dutch artists Wapke Feenstra and photographer Diewke van der Heuvel; and from Indonesia, founder of the grassroots community organisation Institut Mosintuwum, Lian Gogali, and artists Riar Rizaldi and Moelyono.
View, in pictures, the truths revealed as The Soils Project digs deep.
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