12 August to 9 September 2017
Saturday 19 August at 2 to 3 pm: ‘Working it out: new museum practices’, Matt Poll, Assistant Curator, Indigenous Museum Collections and Repatriation Program, Macleay Museum, Sydney University, in conversation with the artists.
Saturday 9 September at 2 to 3 pm: ‘Mapping Massacres’, Professor Lyndall Ryan, University of Newcastle and the artists.
This is an official History Week 2017 event.
Co-organisers: The Cross Art Projects and Kandos Museum.
For the exhibition, Obsolete? Artist, Object, Small Museum, artists Nicole Barakat, Aleshia Lonsdale and Fiona MacDonald apply their creative and investigatory flair to consider a museum in Kandos about 4 hours west from Sydney. The title asks a central question: how can ordinary lives, then and now, and provincial objects randomly collected here or there, illuminate Big Picture issues? The artists use contemporary art’s collaborative processes to create a regional historiography that engages critical national conversations on the events, policy and propaganda that have subjugated Indigenous people and on current environmental and land contest.