Curated by Victoria Lynn
TarraWarra Museum of Art will stage an exhibition of the works of Rosemary Laing, one of Australia's most significant and internationally-renowned photo-based artists, 2 December 2017 – 11 February 2018.
Focusing on the theme of land and landscape in Laing's oeuvre, the Rosemary Laing exhibition includes 28 large scale works selected from 10 series over a thirty-year period.
The exhibition, which is the first large-scale showing of Laing's work in Victoria, will be accompanied by an exhibition of works by Fred Williams focusing on a single year of the artist's oeuvre, Fred Williams – 1974. Curated by Anthony Fitzpatrick, the Williams exhibition reveals the ways in which colour and human intervention in the landscape became a focus for the artist.
Born in Brisbane and based in Sydney, Laing has worked with the photographic medium since the mid-1980s. Her projects have engaged with culturally and historically resonant sites in the Australian landscape, as well as choreographed performances.
TarraWarra director, Victoria Lynn, curator of the exhibition, says Laing's work is highly representative of the Museum's central interest in the exchange between art, place and ideas.
Rosemary Laing comments: "The arrival of people, throughout history, shifts what happens in land, challenging those who have left their elsewhere, and disrupting the continuum of their destination-place. A disruption causes a reconfiguration. It elaborates both the beforehand and the afterward. The works are somewhere between – a narrative for the movement of people, the condition of landforms with a changing peopled condition, expectations of home and haven, flow and flooding, and the effect and affect of these passages".
The exhibition is supported by major exhibition partner the Balnaves Foundation, and will be accompanied by a catalogue authored by Judy Annear, funded by the Gordon Darling Foundation.