Moving Histories//Future Projections is a touring exhibition that brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists who work across screen based media. Artists include Kate Blackmore, Jacinta Tobin, Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Joan Ross, Soda Jerk, Angelica Mesiti and Caroline Garcia.
The artists in Moving Histories//Future Projections approach their subject matter in a variety of ways – they turn the camera on themselves, re-stage historical events, or reimagine alternative futures through speculative accounts of the past. Yet through repetition, montage and mimicry, they all explore a space where time folds in on itself and back again, and each looks back while also moving forward.
Collectively and individually the artists act as historians, archivists and archaeologists - excavating historical materials, digging through records and channelling the past to make new connections across time and space.
Curated by Kelly Doley and Diana Smith the exhibition is an exploration of invisible pasts, forgotten narratives and repressed memories. It reminds us how history is fractured along contradictory lines of race, class and gender, and through the voice of the artist we are presented with new, alternative futures.
Image: Amala Groom, The Invisibility of Blackness (still), 2014, single-channel digital video, 47 seconds. Filmed by Liz Warning. Courtesy the artist.