11 December 2020 - 30 January 2021
ACP Popup Gallery
34 Kinghorne St, Nowra, NSW 2541
Monday – Friday 9:30am-4:30pm; Saturday 10am-2pm
Closed Sunday and Public Holidays
25 December 2020 – 3 January, & 25 January 2021
The ACP, with the support of the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, is pleased to present Truth in Fire a project by Tim Georgeson and Amanda Jane Reynolds that responds to the catastrophic bushfires of 2019-20. Filmmaker and photographer Georgeson along with Reynolds, a Guringai artist living on the South Coast, have collaborated with Indigenous knowledge holders and the Firesticks Alliance to produce an exhibition that communicates the complexity and ferocity of this environmental disaster. Truth in Fire is series of inter-related components, including culturally significant objects, photographs, and a three-part moving image and sound installation.
Georgeson’s moving image installation features burnt expanses of forests and agriculture lands transmitting to the viewer the scale and degree of devastation. Between these images of the affected landscape are interludes of Yuin Elders, and other community members, speaking about their experiences of the disaster and the relationship between fire and Country. Looking to the future, it draws on their knowledge of traditional fire techniques, as well as presenting the sacred and practical role fire can play in managing the environment.
This project has been supported by Elder Vivian Mason, Noel Webster, Adrian ‘Ado’ Webster, Warren Foster, as well as Oliver Costello and Victor Steffensen, co-founders of the Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation. These powerful images are complemented by an original score by Polish musician Hania Rani and a soundscape edited and designed by Andrew Holmes, supported by Zane Whitfield on Requiem for a forest. Threaded throughout are sound elements that Georgeson extracted from the environment, ranging from the extraordinary thunder of the inferno to the deep silence that penetrated the land following the event.
Also integral to this project is a possum skin cloak installation by Reynolds that is emblematic of contemporary cultural practices that invoke the rejuvenation of Country.
We hear the heartbeat of Country from birth, it nurtures us. Now in this time the cloaks and carvings are part of our healing practices - of us giving back to Country. Amanda Jane Reynolds
In the aftermath of last summer’s devastating fires in Australia, and then along the west coast of North America, there is an urgency for communities to adapt and negotiate extremes in human-created climate change. This exhibition recognises the significance of First Nations knowledge and practices as the foundation of living in greater balance within Country by managing ecologies and resources for the continuity of life.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Tim Georgeson is an Australian filmmaker, photographer, visual artist and creative director. Over his career Georgeson has documented disaster zones, rock concerts and street life across the world. His creative force and insight into the human condition contribute to his extending and merging the boundaries of art and documentary at a time of digital change and media free-fall.
Creating emotionally powerful work, Georgeson has been celebrated in the media, the arts and the commercial world with acknowledgments and awards from World Press Photo, Leica Camera, International Centre for Photography (New York) and National Geographic. Georgeson has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in France, UK, Japan, Holland, Canada, USA and Australia. His work is held in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, as well as many private collections. The artist is represented by Exit Films, and Olsen Gallery, Sydney.
Amanda Jane Reynolds is a curator, storyteller, cloak-maker, multimedia and ephemeral artist who specialises in community-based collaborations. Her practice encompasses cultural healing and connection programs, as well as writing texts, songs and multi-voiced narratives for exhibitions, multimedia and publications. Reynolds’ heart and spirit are devoted to the flourishing of south eastern cultural traditions, knowledge and histories. The artist achieves this using collaborative and community empowerment models of working to transform public spaces of colonial dominance. Reynolds lives in south coast NSW and her family heritage is Guringai, British, European and African-American.
In 2014, Reynolds was the co-curator of Garrigarrang: Sea Country for the Australian Museum. In collaboration with Genevieve Grieves, Reynolds co-curated the highly acclaimed First People's exhibition at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum, which won awards both nationally and globally. In 2016,
Reynolds and Grieves worked together again on Barangaroo Ngangamay, and exhibition at Sydney’s Barangaroo Reserve that remembered and honoured the contribution of the Cammeraygal and Eora women.
Reynolds has worked with the Australian Museum, National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive. As well Reynolds collaborated with the Australian War Memorial on a ground-breaking exhibition For Country: for Nation celebrating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contributions to the Australian Defence Force. Reynolds runs workshops with the custodians of the possum skin cloak-making traditions.
This exhibition is supported by Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra and coincides with the exhibition Wonder + Dread
Tim Georgeson, Requiem, from the Truth in Fire series, 2019-20
All images courtesy and © of the Artist