The Burning World

The Burning World

Undercurrent 1, from the series Undercurrent, 2018-2019, inkjet pigment print, image courtesy of the artist.

The Burning World brings together major works by four leading Australian artists: Monash University lecturer Peta Clancy, Hoda Afshar, Rosemary Laing, and Michael Cook.

Taking its title from the apocalyptic science fiction text of the same name by JG Ballard, the exhibition interrogates urban and natural landscapes to reveal truths about human inhabitations. Addressing the contemporary ramifications of past actions, the works hold confronting realities in tension with idyllic and iconic environments, challenging dominant narratives to focus attention on what has been overlooked, denied or concealed. In particular, they draw upon colonial histories, fact and fiction, to consider the landscape as an amorphous political site.