Interpretive Wonderings is an exhibition produced in collaboration with the Culpra Milli Aboriginal Corporation. It maps works shaped by the stories and history of the country of Culpra Station, NSW.
The upcoming exhibition at the Mildura Arts Centre reflects and represents a coming together through diversity of a range of Aboriginal artists and non-Indigenous creative practitioners, in a collaboration underpinned by a shared commitment to the preservation, protection, promotion and celebration of Aboriginal culture and custodianship through country.
In September last year, 30 Indigenous and non-indigenous creative practitioners gathered at Culpra Station for a workshop to map the material and immaterial qualities of the country.
A former grazing and cropping property on the Murray River floodplain, the station is situated on the traditional country of the Barkandji people and home to a number of significant Aboriginal cultural heritage sites.
The workshop, a collaborative project between Culpra Milli Aboriginal Corporation, RMIT University, University of Technology Sydney and Monash University aimed to develop various artworks by mapping the land in ways that challenge cartographic convention.
The project team – Jock Gilbert (Lecturer RMIT Landscape Architecture), Campbell Drake (UTS), Sven Mehzoud (Monash) and Sophia Pearce (La Trobe) – witnessed a series of mappings developed in response to local stories and country.
“The mappings produced often challenge the notion of what is generally accepted to be a map – they include drawings, paintings, video and audio installations and performance pieces,” Gilbert said.
“The exhibition tells us something about Culpra, how the artists experienced and engaged with the land, and show some of the numerous ways to map and interpret a place.
“In essence, the Culpra Milli Aboriginal Corporation, architects, landscape architects, creative practitioners and artists involved have sought to open up ways of seeing and expressing ideas and knowledge shared on country.”
The exhibition includes a hands-on experience with artefacts that are connected to the artworks and Culpra Station. It also features a range of historical maps of the region and the property, together with an educational component.
Opening: Twilight Event, Friday 19 February
Exhibition dates: 20 February to 10 April 2016
Where: Mildura Arts Centre, 199 Cureton Ave Mildura Victoria 3500
Story: Scott Knight