Undercurrent

Photograph from the series Undercurrent, 2018-19. Inkjet pigment print, 150cm x 106cm.

Creating a major series of large format landscape photographs responding to a massacre site on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

Investigator

Partner organisation

  • Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

Funded by

  • City of Melbourne
  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Koorie Heritage Trust - Fostering Koorie Art and Culture Residency Program

The project, undertaken during a 12-month residency at the Koorie Heritage Trust, aims to give a visual presence to the hidden nature of the violence and trauma that occurred in the Victorian landscape in the 19th century. For many, the truth and extent of violence Aboriginal people experienced has been buried, forgotten or falsified in Australia’s history. To this day, the scale of massacres that occurred across the country have not been fully acknowledged.

Using cutting and layering techniques, the work of Bangerang artist Peta Clancy reveals the emotional and cultural scars left in the landscape by the frontier violence, which has been historically and physically covered by subsequent colonial occupation.

The exhibition featured 8 new works with a 30-metre wallpaper installation and recorded soundscape with Dja Dja Wurrung community members Mick Bourke and Amos Atkinson.