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Session 7_Dale Harding

Form x Content – Through a lens of visitation: Dale Harding

Wednesday 28 April, 1pm

Hosted by Hannah Mathews, Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art

A descendant of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples of central Queensland, Dale Harding’s multilayered practice is poetic and political in its materiality and process, and has a strong focus on community, family and place. His work pays particular homage to matrilineal female figures in his family—engaging and bringing forth their stories.

Harding’s early works give visual expression to the histories of brutality and discrimination against Aboriginal communities. Over recent years and successive bodies of work, he has sought to move focus from efforts to document the oral histories of his Elders towards seeking new forms for sharing material and environmental knowledges.

Dale will speak to his exhibition, Through a Lens of Visitation, which explores the artist’s relationship to Carnarvon Gorge on his mother’s Country, and includes significant and recent works, together with textile works made by his mother Kate Harding. Through a lens of visitation is presented at MUMA from 28 April to 26 June and is accompanied by a publication featuring commissioned essays by women scholars that speculate on the resonance of Carnarvon Gorge in Australian modernism.

Dale Harding is a descendant of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples. His practice encompasses textile, sculpture, film and painting, both in the form of discrete canvases that draw on Colour Field and Minimalism and in site-specific installations that reveal a sensibility for materials and social context. In July 2020, Harding was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from Queensland College of Art (QCA), Griffith University, Brisbane.

Harding’s significant solo exhibitions include: Dale Harding: Current Iterations, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2018; The Golden Mile, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2018; and White Collared, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2015. He has also shown regularly at Milani Gallery, Brisbane, since 2016. Harding has participated in a number of significant national and international group exhibitions including: Things Entangling, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan, 2020 (with KADIST); 15th Lyon Biennale: Where Water Comes Together with Other Water, France, 2019; Surface Tension, Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates, 2019; Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you?, United Kingdom; TarraWarra Biennial 2018: From Will to Form, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville; documenta 14, Athens and Kassel, 2017; The National: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2017; Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2017; 11th Gwangju Biennale: The Eight Climate (What Does Art Do?), Korea, 2016; string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2013; My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2013; and unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2012.

Form x Content presented by Monash Art, Design & Architecture.
Programmed by Monash University Museum of Art.