The Alternative Archive exhibition presents a contemporary visual archive of regional Western Australian arts practice, documenting a dynamic anthology of how regional artists relate to the people, homes, towns or regions that they know so well. It showcases work by 40 contemporary artists selected from a series of regionally-based exhibitions facilitated by local curators.
Originally scheduled for May 2020 but postponed due to the COVID19 global pandemic, this exhibition celebrates the diversity and expertise of regional artists and is a great opportunity for those involved to present to metropolitan audiences.
The Alternative Archive is the culmination of a three-year project involving 13 regional art galleries, 35 curators and 200 artists and is co-curated by John Curtin Gallery Director Chris Malcolm and Independent Curator/Artist Anna Louise Richardson. It aims to increase understanding of the arts ecology, the practices and conditions of regional art making in Western Australia.
For more information please visit jcg.curtin.edu.au
Mary-Lou Divilli, Bilbijy (detail), 2019, photographic print, 76 x 108cm. Courtesy of Waringarri Aboriginal Arts.
Monique Tippett, Inner Secrets (detail), 2019. Jarrah, ink, gold lead, copper and brass, 255cm x 72cm, Photographer: Monique Tippett.
Tina Carmody, Wiru Kapi (detail). Photograph, acrylic and resin on board, 91 x 100cm. Image courtesy of the artist.
Michelle Slarke, Ampoules (detail), Artefacts after Burning series, 2019, glass ampoule parts recovered from old hospital tip/burned sites, soil, ash, charcoal, lake salt, aluminium, PVA, stainless steel support, 5 x 30 x 90cm. Image courtesy of the artist.
Naomie Hatherley, Keeping Score – Her Rules, Her Game – West Kimberley Football League (detail), 2019. oil on vintage tin score plates, 90 x 120cm. Photographer: Kevin Smith.