Hear the artist speak about the exhibition.
Jody Haines (palawa)
Image: Jody Haines. Untitled, 2023. Video still. Courtesy the artist.
Breaking through centuries of concrete to rediscover the stories that flow beneath.
Underneath each building or stretch of asphalt there are deep layers of meaning and history. Beneath the concrete there are countless stories not memorialized. Future River: When the past flows examines the Indigenous understanding that cities are obfuscations of what is—that monuments conceal the past.
Under our cities, the rivers and creeks still flow, and with them the Indigenous narratives of the past that will naturally become future rivers. Though we may try to cage and redirect the flow of water using concrete, the waterways will inevitably run their own course.
This exhibition re-images and re-memorialises what lies beneath the concrete slab—thousands of years of story and life obscured. This exhibition draws attention to the role of the city as a besiegement, and how, through artistic intervention, we can allow the past to flow into the future once more.
Curated by Kimba Thompson Presented in partnership with Blak Dot Gallery
Kimba Thompson (Wiradjuri) is the director and founder of Blak Dot Gallery (2011), a non-for-profit artist-run space that showcases contemporary Indigenous and traditional artworks from world Indigenous cultures. Kimba is an established filmmaker, director, freelance producer, and curator. She has always worked on a diverse range of projects, which focus primarily on the use of storytelling as a vehicle to promote Aboriginal art and culture within Australian. Kimba currently uses her lived experience to train and mentor emerging Indigenous curators and continually supports artist at all stages of their creative practice.