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Of Embers

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Saturday, 26 November 2022 - 9:00AM to Sunday, 5 February 2023 - 8:00PM
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Of Embers, by James Tylor & Rebecca Selleck, Katrin Koenning, Tom Goldner & Angus Scott and Isabella Capezio is an exhibition exploring the cultural status of fire in Australia
Of-Embers.png James Tylor, Fire Country, Kangaroo Island 2, 2022. Courtesy the artist and Gagprojects.

The Black Summer bushfires of 2019 and 2020 are still smoking in the mind. Intensified by climate change, these ‘megafires’ left behind the largest burnt expanse witnessed on earth in the modern record.

Fire itself is pure paradox: essential for survival and yet capable of destroying life. Of Embers brings together the work of artists who have responded to this episode and the history and cultural status of fire in Australia.

James Tylor (Kaurna People, South Australia) and Rebecca Selleck’s Fire Country speaks to fact that fire has always been here, folded into Aboriginal knowledge and experience over millennia, existing within a totality of deep ecological and cultural time. Here fire is reconfigured from threat to natural ally in Indigenous cultural practice. Katrin Koenning’s photographs visualise an earthen poetics that rests in the polarity between ash and snow on Lake Mountain. For over a decade Koenning has watched and listened to the bush as it struggles to regenerate after the devastation of the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. Tom Goldner & Angus Scott’s photographs and video for Do Brumbies Dream in Red connect the paradoxical status of both brumby and fire in the Australian landscape and imagination. Isabella Capezio’s videos, photographs, found objects and ceramics for Feeling Loss address the perceptual slippage between the recorded image, the news media and the actual multi-sensorial experience of bushfires. 

There are no images of the raging inferno in this exhibition. These artists portray the aftermath of fire and the consequences for landscapes and sensitive ecologies knocked off balance by human impact, now in recovery. Of Embers is a creative call for awareness that addressing this balance rests with us. 

Event details

  • Dates: 26 November 2022 to 5 February 2023
  • Times of opening: Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm or Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm 
  • Venue: Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood

Exhibition launch

Join us to celebrate the launch of Of Embers.

  • Date: Thursday 8 December 2022
  • Time: 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Venue: ArtSpace at Realm

The launch will include a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country.

RSVP online

Alternatively you can RSVP by phone by phoning 0459 487 132.

Further information

For further information on the exhibition contact Council on 1300 8 8 22 33. 

Date and Time

  • Saturday, 26 November 2022 - 9.00AM to Sunday, 05 February 2023 - 8.00PM
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