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Undertow Exhibition – Perth Festival
April 13 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until April 25, 2022
A wave crashes upon the shore, the forces of deep oceans far and wide propelling it towards the coastline. Each and every wave writes a story, a history, as it crashes upon sandy or rocky shores. The undertow pulls backwards, out to sea, in a counter current full of tension and unease as the next wave gathers power and tumbles forward, ready to write another story. Undertow is about what sits below, what can’t always be seen, but is always felt. It is about going against the current, about deep reflection upon our worlds and lives and more than anything, it is about not resting comfortably in any truth which is not our own.
Flanked by deep waters, our state and our nation’s connection with the coast is complex and multilayered. From narratives of the beginning of time, of creation, to our collective imaginings of the future, the oceans that surround our island continent and the oceans and seas of our global community are sites of tradition, transformation, transience, terror, and turmoil.
In the context of Australia, these expansive waters take up appropriate space in the anthologies of our continent, they are economic highways, pathways to freedom, colonial carriageways, vessels of knowledge – they are entities of promise, but also of betrayal. Undertow explores the relationships we have with the oceans and seas, ever-changing bodies of water in constant flux, as places of arrival and departure, places of transformation and as places of deep ancestral connection.
Undertow brings together artists working in a range of modes and materials, from large format cyanotype, to glass neon, installation, photographic and filmic work, celebrating the many ways artists explore and document our worlds, creating new ways of reflecting upon history and reality and in doing so offering us alternative ways to consider and connect narratives and experiences.
Check out the Fremantle Arts Centre website for more information, including participating artists.