Nicole Foreshew - photo media will lay surfaces bare

Manly Art Gallery & Museum is to host an exhibition of photographic works by prize-winning Sydney-based Aboriginal artist Nicole Foreshew, as part of the 2016 Head On Photo Festival and the Guringai Festival, a celebration of Australia’s First Peoples and Indigenous culture in the Northern Sydney Region.

The exhibition, titled ‘Mulunma (Within, Inside)’, will be launched by Karen Smith, Education Officer with the Aboriginal Heritage Office, on Friday 13 May 2016, 6-8pm.

‘Mulunma’ is a solo focus exhibition of recent photo media works by Nicole Foreshew, a member of the Wiradjuri nation of Central West NSW.

The exhibition will feature two new bodies of work by the artist, titled ‘Unburden’ and ‘Surface Bare I & II’, exploring earth materials, minerals and clay, each work recounts personal and cultural itineraries to significant geological sites in NSW.

Each work serves to investigate concepts of place, tracing personal connections to kin and the material knowledge required to retrieve and revive the body.

“The work features a combination of broad contemporary uses of minerals through documenting passages related to my sacred homelands,” says Nicole.

“Drawing on my recent experiences with mineral collections, held in prominent museums this new body of work is an attempt to raise awareness of the capacity for artists to increase broader access to earth science collections.”

The works reference ‘artefacts’ from some of Australia’s most significant excavations, exploring the embedded relationship with the body and source material - minerals, rock, clay and wood.

The artist was awarded the 2014 Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize and was a recipient of the NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellowship.

Nicole has taken part in several notable group shows across Australia and internationally, most notably in Maamungun Compatriots, a group exhibition with works by Michael Riley and Jonathan Jones at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi Australia’s Oz Fest Festival in India in 2012, and Shadowlife at Bendigo Art Gallery, curated by Natalie King and Djon Mundine.

In 2013, Nicole’s photographic projections titled ‘born in darkness before dawn’, of Aboriginal women draped in cloth, were projected onto the facade of the Australian Museum in College Street for Place Projections, Eora Journey, a City of Sydney arts initiative.

Exhibition dates are 13 May to 26 June, 2016.


Manly Art Gallery & Museum is at West Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095

The Gallery is open 10am - 5pm Tuesday – Sunday

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