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Current Exhibitions:

Foreign Soil: Thea Costantino

Post-hybrid: reimagining the Australian self

Together, 100 years apart

 

Foreign Soil

Thea COSTANTINO
5 June –6 September

Foreign Soil responds to the World War One centenary with a call to broaden the ANZAC narrative. Multicultural Australia is home to many histories; the artist takes the experience of her Italian grandfather as a starting point to consider the international experience of the war that was to set the tone for the twentieth century. Costantino has scoured archives and amassed a personal collection of photographs and artefacts to develop a body of drawing, photography, sculpture and performance that considers the imperial origins of the war, the shared tragedies that crossed national borders, and the continuing legacies of nationalism.

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Image: Thea Costantino, Rejected Volunteers Association (detail) , graphite on paper, 21 x 31cm, 2015

 

Post-hybrid: reimagining the Australian self

Curated by Lia McKnight, Collection Manager, John Curtin Gallery
5 June –6 September

Post-hybrid: reimagining the Australian self, features works from public and private Western Australian art collections, including the Curtin University Art Collection. The exhibition explores the ways in which colonisation, Aboriginal culture and migration have contributed to an ever-evolving sense of contemporary Australian identity. In this year of commemoration when we consider the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing and the formation of the ANZACs, conversations around who we are as Australians will, no doubt, abound. It seems timely to add to this discussion, views that have been marginalised or excluded from the frameworks within which Australian national identity has historically been constructed.

Accepting that ‘Nations’ are not fixed or static, but function within a constant process of negotiation and change (within which there are often uneven distributions of power, representation and agency), Post-hybrid offers perspectives on place and self that reflect the complexity of our cultural fabric. Artists include: Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Hans Arkeveld, Dadang Christanto, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Brenda Croft, Galliano Fardin, Elizabeth Gertsakis, Danie Mellor, Laurel Nannup, Christopher Pease, Ryan Presley and Darren Siwes.

Image: Christopher Pease, Noble Savage 3 (Rejecting Citizenship), oil on canvas.

 

 

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Together, 100 years apart
11th Battalion A.I.F. on the Great Pyramid of Khufu, Giza
Sunday 10 January 1915

Opening 23 April, 2015
On show 25 March - 15 November, 2015

Together, 100 years apart is presented in honour of all those serving in the 11th Battalion, A.I.F. (Australian Imperial Force) at the start of the First World War. Raised in Western Australia at the beginning of the war, the 11th Battalion formed part of the first contingent of troops to depart Australia in 1914.

This image shows 704 men from the 11th Battalion’s total complement of 1,021, assembled at the Great Pyramid of Khufu on the morning of Sunday 10 January 1915. The pyramids at Giza formed a majestic backdrop for thousands of ANZAC troops at the Mena training camp on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. Three months after this photograph was taken, many of these men were amongst the first ANZAC troops to land on the beaches of Gallipoli in the early hours of Sunday 25 April 1915.

Together, 100 years apart commemorates the Centenary of ANZAC and is presented in partnership with WAGS – the Western Australian Genealogical Society, in collaboration with researchers from Curtin University.

WAGS’ 11th Battalion Project seeks to identify as many men in the photo as possible. For more information on the project, including the 237 men already identified, visit www.11btn.wags.org.au