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Yhonnie Scarce: Missile Park - FREE Exhibition

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A major survey of leading contemporary artist Yhonnie Scarce
Yhonnie Scarce, 'Prohibited Zone, Woomera', 2021, research photograph. Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne.

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, Missile Park, 2021, zinc sheet, steel frame, earth magnets, bitumen paint, shellac and hand-blown glass, 300 x 300 x 400 cm (shed 1, flat); 300 x 300 x 400 cm (shed 2, pitched); 300 x 300 x 400 cm (shed 3, vaulted). Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne. Photo: Marc Prico

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.

Yhonnie Scarce, The cultivation of whiteness, 2013, hand-blown glass, painted metal and found glass beakers, dimensions variable. Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra purchased 2014. Photo: Marc Pricop.

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.

Yhonnie Scarce, Working class man (Andamooka opal fields), 2017, inkjet print from archival photograph, hand-blown glass and found steel bucket, 150 x 107cm (print); installation dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne. Photo: Marc Pricop.

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.

Yhonnie Scarce, What they wanted, 200610, hand-blown glass and cotton twine, 150 x 100cm (overall). Collection: Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Shirley Cameron Wilson Bequest Fund 2007. Photo: Marc Prico

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, Weak in colour but strong in blood, 2014, Hand-blown glass, found steel trolleys, and medical equipment, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne

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.

Rescheduled dates for the accompanying Book Launch and Opening Celebration will be announced soon.

For more information on the exhibition and to plan your visit, please see:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this exhibition contains images of deceased persons.
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When: 17 July -18 September 2021
Where: Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Ground Floor Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Cost: Free Entry
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