On Sunday, January 12th, 2020, with the closure of the Mallee Routes exhibition at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, the collaborative part of Photographing the Mallee finally comes to an end after 3 years. The 2019/2020 Mallee Routes exhibition is the swan song of the collaborative project; a project which in the end, became non-collaborative. This picture is of Adam Dutkiewicz in the Jean Sims section of the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery… Read More
The third and last collaborative Mallee Routes exhibition is now showing at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery throughout December and early January. What is so noticeably missing in action is the local review of this body of work. With no catalogue essay the exhibition becomes situated in a critical art vacuum, and it gives rise to a sense of cultural loneliness and isolation–the distance between art’s production and its reception. Consequently, the… Read More
I had planned to go on a roadtrip to the Mallee this week on my own, but an infected tooth has seen that trip cancelled. Instead I am reading Don Watson’s book The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia (2016). From what I can gather the book is based Watson buying a 4WD in 2009 and setting off across the eastern part of the country on a road trip. Along the way he… Read More
What I wanted to avoid was a melancholy interpretation; namely, photographing the Mallee was a form of nostalgic mourning for a form of life that has passed away.