Erin Linhart, Lola Page, Emily Parsons-Lord, Dexter Rosengrave, Elissa Wilson.
For Anthropocene Noir, Curator Eva Nilssen has invited five artists to respond to the current geological epoch, viewed as a period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on the climate and environment. Beauty and ugliness are revealed, as the artists struggle against their own drive towards self-destruction and search for the truth, even though it may destroy their own sense of comfort. As these artists bravely explore their own complicity in destruction it is hoped that the nature of our relationships with each other, as humans and non-humans sharing a potentially dark and perhaps thrilling new era, can be brought into focus.
With every purchase, every mouthful, and every car ride, we are driving the industrial processes that threaten our future survival as a species. When authoring artistic work about the overwhelming power and simultaneous helplessness that characterises our contemporary relationship with nature, it is perhaps more important to find a way of thinking that makes sense of our engagement.
“Maybe, but only maybe, and only with intense commitment and collaborative work and play with other terrains, flourishing for rich multispecies assemblages that include people will be possible.” (Donna Harraway 2015)
Anthropocene Noir is curated under the Contemporary Art Tasmania Curatorial Mentorship.
ARTISTS & CURATOR TALK: 5pm, Friday 3 May 2019
OPENING: 6pm, Friday 3 May 2019
EXHIBITION: 4 May – 26 May 2019