Land Dialogues: Contemporary Australian photography (in dialogue with land)

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Abstract

The work presented in the 2016 exhibition Land Dialogues – Contemporary
Australian Photography (in Dialogue with Land), can be read as a contemporary post-photographic project seeking to challenge the enduring traditions of landscape photography. In a wider context, Land Dialogues seeks to challenge the established values associated with our culture of consumption and anxiety, particularly the culturally constructed (and supported) separation between human beings, nonhuman beings and the earth systems in which we all live. Artists represented in Land Dialogues employ a variety of photographic methods to address themes including
global warming, ecological estrangement, the perception of nature, biodiversity loss, alternative histories and the relationships between human and non-human beings. The new and varied approaches for communicating these themes are symbolic of a wider cultural shift that is taking place as the realities of global warming sink in. It is becoming clear that some fundamental assumptions about the relationship between modern capitalist societies and the Earth’s life systems are flawed. There is a growing cultural movement seeking to question the traditions and values of consumption and excess associated with a capitalist consumer society, in a bid to move towards a culture of ecological awareness and respectful earthly stewardship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-569
Number of pages27
JournalFusion Journal
Volume10
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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