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The Burning World, Bendigo Art Gallery, 8 August – 8 November 2020

The Burning World features major work by Australian artists Hoda Afshar, Peta Clancy, Michael Cook and Rosemary Laing. Taking its title from the apocalyptic science fiction text of the same name by JG Ballard, the exhibition interrogates urban and natural landscapes to reveal darker truths about human inhabitations. Addressing the contemporary ramifications of past actions, the works hold confronting realities in tension with idyllic and iconic environments, challenging dominant narratives to focus attention on what has been overlooked, denied or concealed. In particular, they draw upon colonial histories, fact and fiction, to consider the landscape as an amorphous political site.


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