Jill Orr: The Promised Land Refigured

Image: Jill Orr

Jill Orr’s The Promised Land Refigured is an exhibition that reworks the original project created in 2012 with new insights that have emerged in the past eleven years. The original series centred around a slot-together, life-size, skeletal boat that does not float. Performed in sites around St Kilda, including Station and Princes Piers, sites of migrant arrival, and along the Yarra River, the entry point for colonial expansion, it ruminated on the diverse history and impact of those arriving on these shores by boat. This new series, a sculptural and photographic installation, builds on the original, and explores a new wave of movement by sea. Framed by the impact of Australia’s policy of turning back asylum seekers who arrive by boat, The Promised Land Refigured engages with the anticipated issue of global homelessness, due to the outcomes of mass destruction of homes and environments resulting from climate change. This exhibition is presented as part of PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography. Jill Orr is represented by THIS IS NO FANTASY. For more information visit https://www.lindenarts.org/exhibitions/linden-new-art/jill-orr/

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Melbourne: Lingam.K is interested in narrating the complexity of our relationship to nature and how it’s tied into culture and the modern world. Echoes of Melting Blue is the creative outcome of a two month residency in Iceland.

February

Freemantle: Air Bare is the creative team of mother and daughter duo Sarah and Lucy Jenkins, who use drone technology to capture images from a quirky and quizzical perspective.

Ballarat: Scotty So is a Melbourne-based artist who works across media, using painting, photography, sculptures, site-responsive installation, videos and drag performance.

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Sydney: Curated by Lynn Smith, Urban Enigmas aims to unlock the subtle mysteries that lurk in out-of-the-way places in big cities: back lanes, river banks, street markets, abandoned factories, old bridges and so on.

March

Discover 100 free exhibitions at galleries and unexpected outdoor locations in Melbourne & Victoria.

Ballarat: Nan Goldin is an American artist whose work explores subcultures, moments of intimacy, the impacts of the HIV/AIDS and opioid epidemics on her communities, and photography as a tool for social activism.