Black Mist Burnt Country is a national touring exhibition of artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists commemorating the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s.

Black Mist Burnt Country is a national touring exhibition of artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists commemorating the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s.

Selected from public and private collections the exhibition features artworks from the past seven decades: Included are Albert Tucker, Arthur Boyd, Ian Howard, Pam Debenham, Toni Robertson, Rosemary Laing among Aboriginal artists such as Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown, Judy Watson, Hilda Moodoo, Yvonne Edwards and others.

Presenting works across the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, new media and music, while exploring the varied perspectives and creative approaches of artists from post-WWII modernists to present-day artists.

Black Mist Burnt Country exhibition revisits the history of the British atomic test program at Maralinga, Emu Field and Montebello Islands and examines the impact on people and land, as well as its on-going legacies.

A variety of interactive elements enable visitors to the exhibition to learn about the social, political and environmental dimensions, while placing the Australian atomic tests in the context of the nuclear arms race and its present-day realities.

It is surprising how few people are aware that atomic bombs were exploded in Australia, and how little they know about the dislocation of Aboriginal people, the exposure of Australian servicemen and the contamination of the land. This exhibition offers some remarkable insights into a chapter of our history that has long-lasting consequences, while it poses some important questions in relation to contemporary nuclear issues - JD Mittmann, exhibition curator.

Exhibition Opening
Friday 15 September, 6pm

Free Event. Bookings essential, call 6581 8888.

Curator Talk - JD Mittmann
Saturday, 16 September, 11am

Free Event. Bookings essential, call 6581 8888.

Artist Talk - Merilyn Fairskye
Saturday, 23 September, 11am

Free Event. Bookings essential, call 6581 8888.

Artist Talk - Blak Douglas
Saturday 30 September, 11am

Free Event. Bookings essential, call 6581 8888

The project has been produced by Burrinja, Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre, Upwey, Victoria. The project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program and developed through the Exhibition Development Fund of National Exhibition Touring Support (NETS) Victoria. The project has also received financial assistance of Gordon Darling Foundation.

For more information please visit www.blackmistburntcountry.com.au

Image credit: Paul Ogier, One Tree, 2010, carbon pigment on rag paper, 72 x 90 cm, 94 x 117 cm framed. Courtesy of the artist.

Please note the Glasshouse Regional Gallery is closed on Mondays. 

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