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The Image is not Nothing (Concrete Archives)

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An Insightful Exhibition
Our history shapes our future, who we are and how we live, but have you ever considered what the profound impact is of particular events in our history?

The creator of the famous sculpture Thunder Raining Poison, Yhonnie Scarce comes together with artist and writer, Lisa Radford to deliver the comprehensive exhibition, The Image is not Nothing (Concrete Archives).

the image is not nothing (concrete archives), lisa Radford, yhonnie scarce, Maralinga, fukushima, Hiroshima, ground zero, pacific test sites, ustase concentration camps, soviet monumentalism, judy Watson, phil collins, Hayley millar baker, rosemary laing, megan cope
Photo: Adelaide Festival, The Image is not Nothing (Concrete Archives)


The Image is not Nothing (Concrete Archives) unites the responses of international and Australian artists to the damage perpetrated throughout history of acts of genocide, colonisation and nuclear trauma. The exhibition brings together the works of over 20 artists from Australia, the Pacific Region, Europe and Asia.

In curating this exhibition, Yhonnie Scarce and Lisa Radford travelled the world investigating the commemoration, or deliberate sequestration of specific events in world history to understand their impact and how events seep deep into a country's psyche, rendering land uninhabitable and history unspeakable.

View Phil Collins film, documenting testimonies from Albanian survivors recounting why they no longer speak Serbian. Or Judy Watson's video installation which documents massacre sites and the trees which now stand upon them, mutely witnessing the horrors of the past.

This demonstration of overwhelming and long-lasting cultural and ecological change may move you deeply or fascinate others but there is no doubt it will bring emotion for visitors. This is an opportunity to feel history rather than learn it.

The Image is Not Nothing (Concrete Archives) is located at the Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace/Kaurna Yarta, Adelaide from Friday 26 February to Saturday 24 April 2021. Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 4 pm and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Entry is free.

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Why? Understand and Feel the Impact of History
When: 26 February to 24 April 2021
Where: Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace/Kaurna Yarta, Adelaide
Cost: Free entry
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North tce is a long stretch, where exactly is the Lion Art Centre????
by turdy (score: 0|7) 10 days ago
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