Sera Waters, Blindspot, 2019. Found frame, cotton, gold thread, 35 x 38cm. Courtesy: the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.
My ancestors arrived in waves upon Australian shores attracted by the dazzle of this land: its sunshine, mineral booms, grassed open spaces, and new opportunities to build rich lives. In making their homes and living across Australia, particularly upon Kaurna and Bunganditj Country, many were implementers of colonising change.
This exhibition looks at the repercussions upon regions which have been exploited, altered, and had the dazzle removed without due care, and without knowledge of the specificities of Country.
Dazzleland asks what it means to inherit intergenerational colonial blindness, as well how we go forward living in this dazzling aftermath, when today what shimmers most is the scorching heat beating upon a dry and damaged land.
Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Thursday 16 May 2019