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