Return to Sender
Nowhere to go 1987–1988
from the series 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'
Cibachrome photograph, unique print
40 x 70 cm
Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 2012
16 June – 26 August 2012
Return to Sender is an exhibition of works by artists who left Queensland in the late 1970s and early 1980s, largely in reaction to the political and cultural milieu of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen era. While the exhibition is inspired by this exodus, it also invites a focus on ideas that were then circulating in Australian art, especially in Sydney where many of the artists were based.
The exhibition comprises works made during the 1980s and early 1990s that employed photomedia in still or moving images, some linked to performance-based practice.
JOHN GILLIES (with THE SYDNEY FRONT)
Curator: Michele Helmrich
View the exhibition catalogue here
Wednesday 8 August 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Panel Discussion: 'Should I stay or should I go?'
What effect did the socio-political climate in Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland have on creativity? How do we interpret the stimulation that a more sympathetic cultural landscape had on creative practice, including the photography, performance art and writing produced in this period? Please join Carole Ferrier, and artists Ross Harley, Rosemary Laing and Fiona MacDonald to explore these thought provoking questions and have your say. Find out more www.artmuseum.uq.edu.au/e-news
- Listen to the conversation responding to the exhibition Return to Sender on Friday 15 June here. Chaired by Michele Helmrich with Professor Ross Gibson and artists John Gillies and Robyn Stacey.
- Listen to or download curator Michele Helmrich and artist Robin Stacey discussing the exhibition with Sarah Kanowski on ABC Radio National 'Weekend Arts' here
View 'Return to Sender: Exhibition reunites works of Qld expats' and download media kit here
View 'Fleeing artists return home' in the Brisbane Times here
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation.