The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane is currently showcasing a major survey exhibition of leading contemporary artist Yhonnie Scarce.
Developed in partnership with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Missile Park features a major new commission and a collection of works from the past fifteen years.
Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia in 1973 and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. She is known for her sculptural installations which span architecturally-scaled public art projects and intimately-scaled assemblages replete with personal and cultural histories.
She is a master glass-blower, which she puts to the service of spectacular and spectral installations full of aesthetic, cultural, and political significance. Her work also engages the photographic archive and found objects to explore the impact and legacies of colonial and family histories and memory.
Scarce's work often references the on-going effects of colonisation on Aboriginal people. Her research has explored the impact of nuclear testing and the removal and relocation of Aboriginal people from their homelands and the forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their families. Family history is central to Scarce's work, drawing on the experience and strength of her ancestors, and sharing their significant stories from the past in the present.
Her work engages with the disciplinary forms of colonial institutions and representation - religion, ethnography, medical science, museology, taxonomy - as well as monumental and memorial forms of public art and remembrance. Her work is both autobiographical and ancestral, ensuring that her family are never forgotten or lost within the labyrinthine administration of the colonial archive.
Yhonnie Scarce: Missile Park is now showing at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane until 18 September 2021. It is FREE to view.
The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm.
It is located on the Ground Floor, Judith Wright Centre, 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane QLD 4006.
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