Amanda Johnson: After the Archive: Park Life  - City of Melbourne
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 Amanda Johnson: After the Archive: Park Life

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Description

Amanda Johnson poses timely and complex questions in her work. How has our physical and cultural encounter with parks and gardens changed? Has the picturesque garden subject (as landscape vista, folly, or symbol of civic confidence) been relegated to expressions of cultural nostalgia as environmental problems take their toll?

Parks and gardens were quickly established in Australian colonies to celebrate settlement. The rise of botanical scientific collections and the global exchange of exotic plant species and cultivars predates and supports the emergence of formal Australian parks. Colonial documentors of flora and fauna assumed that their subjects would endure in perpetuity; naturalists, artists and voyagers were also enamoured of glimpses of what they perceived to be ‘gentlemen’s parks’, mistakenly believing tracts of land were devoid of Indigenous inhabitants.

Drawing on field trips to botanic gardens and national park sites, these paintings offer correctives to these views, re-thinking early botanical empire building, or colonisation by seed. The images question the imposition of European park templates, evoking the problematic ecological impacts of colonisation upon country and land.

Location

Fortyfivedownstairs Inc
Basement & Lwrground45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000


Contact details

03 9662 9966
info@fortyfivedownstairs.com
www.fortyfivedownstairs.com/wp...


Dates and times

16/07/2019 to 10/08/2019

Tue: 11am – 5pm
Wed: 11am – 5pm
Thu: 11am – 5pm
Fri: 11am – 5pm
Sat: 11am – 3pm


Price

This is a free event


Bookings

Not required


How to get there

Public Transport Victoria


Features

All ages


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