Group exhibition: Capital, Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Curators Naomi Cass and Gareth Syvret
Constructed at the height of Australia’s gold rush in 1864, the former Union Bank stands in the centre of Ballarat as a powerful symbol of the rise of western capitalism and the development of colonial Australia. Capital is curated in this architectural space as it undergoes transformation into the city’s new National Centre For Photography.

The exhibition explores the use of the photography as a method for reflecting upon systems of value and exchange in contemporary Indigenous and settler cultures. Drawing together Australian and international practices that encounter forms of financial, political, human and photography’s own capital, the project questions the capitalist model and its legacy. If the invisible hand of the market grips the world, then Capital proposes that art can reveal and question that which seeks to bind us. Featuring Gabi Briggs (Aus), Peta Clancy (Aus), Mark Curran (UK), Simryn Gill (Malaysia/Aus), Kristian Haggblom (Aus), Newell Harry (Aus), Lisa Hilli (Aus), Nicholas Mangan (Aus), Darren Siwes (Aus), Martin Toft (UK), Yvonne Todd (NZ), Justine Varga (Aus) and Arika Waulu (Aus).


VENUE: National Centre For Photography, Mitchell Family Gallery

Venue Phone: 03 5331 4833



In The Agency of Country Brian and Peta will discuss depictions of country from indigenous perspectives. They will consider their individual artistic approaches to exploring country, the ways they construct or disrupt views of country to challenge Western values of ‘landscape’ and the significance of the specific country they each depict.

Dr Brian Martin is a descendant of the Muruwari, Bundjalung and Kamilaroi peoples. He is represented by William Mora Galleries and has been a practising artist for twenty-seven years, exhibiting both nationally and internationally specifically in the media of painting and drawing. He completed his PhD by research at Deakin University, which focused on refiguring Australian art and culture from an Indigenous ideological perspective based on a reciprocal relationship to “Country”. Brian is the MADA (Monash University Art Design & Architecture) inaugural Associate Dean, Indigenous.

Peta Clancy is a descendent of the Bangerang people. Her photographs explore notions of the real and the perceived, and seek to challenge the viewer to focus on what might never have been noticed. She was awarded the 2018 Fostering Koorie Art and Culture Residency Grant. During this 12-month residency, she collaborated with the Dja Dja Wurrung community to research, develop and create a series of photographs exploring frontier violence and massacre sites on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Peta is a Senior lecturer at MADA (Monash University Art Design & Architecture).

Wednesday 10 April 2019

6:00pm – 7:00pm


The Conversation Hour: Peta Clancy, Rusty Brown, and Tim Watson

Ali Moore is filling in for Jon Faine

Journalist and broadcaster Patricia Karvelas is her co-host. Patricia is the presenter of ABC RN Drive, and Afternoon Briefing on ABC TV, and the co-host (with Fran Kelly) of The Party Roompodcast.

Their first guest is Bangarang artist Peta Clancy. She is a senior lecturer at MADA (Monash Art, Design & Architecture) at Monash University, and was the recipient of the 2018 Fostering Koorie Art and Culture Koorie Heritage Trust Residency. The photographic work she did as part of that residency in response to a Victorian Indigenous massacre site is on show in Undercurrent: A solo exhibition by Bangerang artist Peta Clancy at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Melbourne's Federation Square until 28th April 2019.

Undercurrent - Solo Exhibition at the Koorie Heritage Trust. 9 March - 28 April 2019

During a 12-month residency at the Koorie Heritage Trust, Bangerang artist Peta Clancy collaborated with the Dja Dja Wurrung community to research, develop and create a major series of large format landscape photographs responding to a massacre site on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

The exhibition features 8 new works with a 30 metre wallpaper installation and recorded soundscape and interviews with Dja Dja Wurrung community members Mick Bourke and Amos Atkinson.


Life Uncut

Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor at The Old Operating Theatre, King's College, London

The Body is a Big Place will be presented twice as part of Science Gallery London’s season BLOOD: Life Uncut (27 July - 1 November 2017).

At The Old Operating Theatre, Europe’s oldest surviving operating theatre dating 1822, the artists have reconceived the work as a form of relic - of the work itself and of a number of entangled histories of medicine and science. These include surgery and organ transplantation in particular, and the heart perfusion technique developed by German physiologist Oscar Langendorff in the 1890s that is now central to scientific cardiac research, and that forms the basis of previous live heart perfusion performances in The Body is a Big Place

The second showing of the work will take place at Copeland Gallery in Peckham (Oct-Nov) as part of a larger exhibition of BLOOD: Life Uncut. Here the perfusion device will be animated with fresh pig’s blood that will flow continuously through the perfusion device over the 3-week exhibition. Alongside the perfusion device will be a 2-channel video project of the underwater swimming pool performance and a video of the live Science Gallery Dublin perfusion performance.


Blood and Identity


Join SJ Norman, Gabriel Nodea and Peta Clancy in conversation as they explore how working with blood has offered new perspectives on blood as a life giving substance whilst also allowing the artists to explore their Aboriginal heritage through its links to identity.

“a shift in curatorial practice is signalling changes to establish an enduring engagement with First Nation artists, their cultural practices and creative communities.” Peta Clancy

Art can offer an understanding of multiple human experiences and perspectives, and has the capacity to address issues of race in productive, healing and empowering ways.

Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker at Monash Gallery of Art


Australian Centre for Photography (ACP)

State Library of NSW, Sydney

Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

For this large-scale exhibition, Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker, ACP has invited 15 artists to create new works in response to the iconic Sunbaker by revered Australian photographer Max Dupain.

Through a diverse range of immersive and thought-provoking works, the exhibition explores views of our culture, our identity and our nationhood. Reflecting Australia’s multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith nature, this audacious exhibition enables a creative and often very personal exploration of the question ‘is there something new under the sun?’

The 15 artists not only interrogate the social and political implications embedded within this image but also challenge the status of this photograph in our visual culture. Pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium, their works will expose the aesthetical complexities at play in discussions around collective identity.

Examining the legacy of the past and questioning the relevance that this image might retain in the future, the project draws on a range of diverse practitioners and creative forms to consider questions of representation and cultural pluralism while also reflecting on the depiction of the idealised body, discussing gender issues, cultural and political ideas relating to immigration and colonisation, and our relationship with the land.

The exhibition features new works by Peta Clancy, Christopher Day, Destiny Deacon, Michaela Gleave, Nasim Nasr, Sara Oscar, Julie Rrap, Khaled Sabsabi, Yhonnie Scarce, Christian Thompson, Angela Tiatia, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Daniel Von Sturmer, Justene Williams and William Yang.

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Aurelian at Richmond Library

Yarra City Arts, Richmond Library

10 May – 28 Jul 2017

Aurelian – In this recent series of works, my investigations into history, museological collections and the Victorian landscape have enabled me to piece together an evolving continuum of erasure, recovery, loss and memory. After spending extensive time researching the entomology collection at Museums Victoria, studying now extinct and endangered species of butterflies and moths. I then travelled to the sites of extinction and collected soil samples which have been used to create painterly backgrounds or environments on which to photograph the butterfly specimens.

Aurelian is presented as part of Locale 2017, Yarra City Council's Exhibition Program at Richmond Town Hall, Richmond Library, Fitzroy Library and Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy Library.