returning to a subject through a lifetime - Part Two

Next date: Sunday, 14 August 2022 | 04:00 AM to Sunday, 12 February 2023 | 04:00 PM

Ruby Davies Water is Life

returning to a subject through a lifetime: part two presents work from the Broken Hill City Art Gallery Collection in conjunction with loans from artists and material from the Broken Hill City Library’s Outback Archive. The exhibition expands upon artist Hannah Bertram’s installation Temporarily Unavailable, refocusing interest in artistic practice in the Collection.  

The exhibition negotiates the terms of the archival through the work of artists, historians, and collectives whose outputs emerge from sustained engagement with Broken Hill and the Far West of NSW, its stories, people, and landscapes across many years.    

returning to a subject through a lifetime represents the multiplicity of artistic processes in this place, acknowledging that the political, cultural, metaphysical, and lived experience of the Far West cannot be represented in fixed and resolute imagery. The exhibition turns to the processes through which artists work here – returning, gathering, sharing, storytelling, documenting, archiving, serialising – to present a portrait of sites over time and through lesser represented perspectives.  

At the centre of the exhibition is a way of working that interrogates the very idea of what a Collection represents, and the systems of value used to acquire, maintain, and conserve objects. Ultimately, the exhibition asks: If the collection is an archive of artistic process in the past, how can the exhibition build an archive for our future?  

Image: Ruby Davies, Water as life: the town of Wilcannia and the Darling/Barka, 2007, giclee pure pigment print. Broken Hill City Art Gallery Collection.  



  • Friday, 08 July 2022 | 06:00 PM - Sunday, 12 February 2023 | 04:00 PM


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