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Terra inFirma

by Beth Sorensen

5 March 2020 – 10 July 2020

The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Featuring works by: 
Kristone Capistrano, Jumaadi, Shivanjani Lal, Venessa Possum, Teivao Pupu Tamariki, Judy Watson, Fozia Zahid

Presented during the 250th commemorative year of James Cook’s arrival in Botany Bay, Terra inFirma reveals knowledge about our region and wider cultural histories. Featuring works by some of our country’s most exciting artists, this year long program examines how the arrival of Cook has impacted on First Nations Peoples and communities from our Asia Pacific region, now living in Blacktown. Central to this program is the knowledge that this land was never ceded. Through personal journeys, intimate artworks and shared experiences, this program presents Cook’s arrival as an act of transgression, offering perspectives beyond the legacy of European expansionism.

The first part of the program ran from 5 March – 10 July 2020.

The second exhibition in the series, Terra inFirma: Sovereignty and Memory, is at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre from 5 September – 3 November 2020.

Terra inFirma: Sovereignty and Memory

An effigy of James Cook’s Cottage in Melbourne is destroyed; maps of Blacktown are decolonised; and the histories of Australia and South East Asia are linked through the narrative of dispossession among work by artists Alex Byrne, Gary Carsley, Dean Cross, Brian Fuata, Jasmine Guffond, Leanne Tobin, Julie Vulcan and Judy Watson.

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Terra inFirma | 360 VR tour

Explore untold histories and discover works by some of Australia’s most exciting artists via Blacktown Arts’ first virtual reality tour – Terra inFirma.

 

Taken the virtual tour? Click here to complete the survey.

Kristone Capistrano

Artist Kristone Capistrano standing in front of two large scale charcoal drawings

Kristone Capistrano by Jennifer Leahy

Jumaadi

Jumaadi standing in front of his large scale painting

Jumaadi by Jennifer Leahy

Shivanjani Lal

Shivanjani Lal sitting in front of her work for Terra inFirma in her studio

Shivanjani Lal by Jennifer Leahy

Venessa Possum

Venessa Possum sitting in front of her installation

Venessa Possum by Jennifer Leahy

Teivao Tamariki

Teivao Tamariki standing in front of his artwork

Teivao Tamariki by Jennifer Leahy

Judy Watson

Judy Watson standing on front of her artwork (not included in Terra inFirma)

Judy Watson, courtesy of Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Fozia Zahid

Fozia Zahid working on a miniature painting in her studio

Fozia Zahid by Jennifer Leahy

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.