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Joan Ross

Those trees came back to me in my dreams

Opens Saturday 24 August 2024
until Sunday 2 February 2025
Those trees came back to me in my dreams
Those trees came back to me in my dreams, 2023-2024 Joan Ross

Bookings not required - free

Joan Ross: Those trees came back to me in my dreams is a vibrant and dynamic exhibition by acclaimed contemporary artist Joan Ross. In a practice that spans collage, printmaking, sculpture and video animation, Ross probes the ongoing consequences of colonisation in Australia with wit and wry critique. Transforming scenes from colonial artworks through a digital ‘cut and paste’ technique and her signature fluorescent yellow, Ross explores critical issues like climate change, greed and consumerism.

For this exhibition, Ross was invited to select portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection and situate them alongside her own artworks. The result considers how colonial artworks are contextualised within cultural institutions and asks us to question stories within the archives of history.

The show was curated collaboratively by Ross, Larrakia, Jingili, Anglo, Filipino Curator Coby Edgar, and National Portrait Gallery Curator Dr Emma Kindred.

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