4-6pm, Saturday 3 February
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How do archiving processes record and present certain stories? What are the legacies of these processes?
Antecedent explores spaces and absences in forms of visual storytelling and record keeping.
Drawing from diverse sources like European ghost stories, historic houses and colonial dictionaries, this group exhibition by early career artists Jenna Lee, Col Mac and Miranda Hine highlights the nooks and spaces in our histories, and helps us potentially see the present with more clarity.
From the artists:
Jenna Lee is a Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and KarraJarri Saltwater woman with mixed Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Anglo-Australian ancestry. Using art to explore and celebrate her many overlapping identities, Lee works across sculpture, installation, body adornment, moving images, photography and projection.
With a practice focused on materiality and ancestral material culture, Lee works with notions of the archive, histories of colonial collecting, and settler-colonial books and texts. Lee ritualistically analyses, deconstructs, and reconstructs source material, language and books, transforming them into new forms of cultural beauty and pride, and presenting a tangibly translated book.
Driven to create work in which she, her family, and the broader mixed First Nations community see themselves represented, Lee builds on a foundation of her father’s teachings of culture and her mother’s teachings of papercraft. Jenna is represented by MARS Gallery in Naarm.
Col Mac is an interdisciplinary artist and designer working with a focus on painting, video and text. His current work reflects on cultural myth making in a contemporary Australian context. Drawing from art history and recognisable cultural motifs the work explores how through images and language our relationships with time and place can be both static and alive; allowing us to see and experience more than one time simultaneously.
His work has appeared in the Washington Post, The New York Times, Financial Times, NBC, VICE and more. He has been a finalist in The Brisbane Portrait Prize, SWELL Sculpture Festival and shortlisted for four AOI world illustration awards. He has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from QCA.
Miranda Hine is an artist, writer and curator. Her research focuses on museum collecting and curating practices and the role of artists in disrupting and enriching mainstream museum narratives.
Miranda has written for publications including Garland Magazine and the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, curated exhibitions at Museum of Brisbane, co-founded artist-run-initiative In Residence and been nominated for the QLD Premier’s Young Publishers & Writers Award. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Interdisciplinary Sculpture) from QCA and a Masters in Museum Studies from UQ. Miranda is represented by MARS Gallery.