Talk: Gail Harradine and Belinda Eckermann

24 May 2022
Image: Gail Harradine & Belinda Eckermann, from the series [Mali marrng Mallee sky] 2021. Courtesy of the artists.

Image: Gail Harradine & Belinda Eckermann, from the series Mali marrng Mallee sky 2021. Courtesy of the artists.


24 May 2022

Tuesday, 6:30pm (AEST)

Please note new date – 24 May at 7.30pm

Gail Harradine and Belinda Eckermann will join HRAG Curator, Alison Eggleton and MGA Senior Curator, Pippa Milne to discuss the work shown at two institutions during PHOTO 2022 and the ways that these bodies of work interconnect and differ from each other. Harradine and Eckermann : Mali marrng Mallee sky is a collaborative project at HRAG, and Harradine’s solo work Old ways, new ways is featured within the exhibition at MGA.

Harradine and Eckermann’s first time collaboration, Mali marrng Mallee Sky, merges digital photography, entomological research, electron microscopic imaging and First Nations cultural practices, to explore a shared knowledge and connection to the landscape around Lake Albacutya –Ngalukgutya in Victoria Mallee region. Their alliance manifests in new cultural ways of thinking through practice, in a desire to experiment and entangle these spheres- as they seek a greater understanding of the human experience of connection to Country.

Photography can be a container, a mouthpiece, a medium of record: a tool for considering and enlivening the ways of the past through the eyes of the present. In Old ways, new ways, works from three collections sit together to consider the ways that First Nations photography makes links between times gone by and the present, placing traditions within contemporary practice, speaking (sometimes shouting, at times singing, sometimes performing) across generations and through passages of time.


  • Belinda Eckermann (AU)

    Born 1975, Ferntree Gully, Australia
    Lives and works Rainbow, Australia

    Belinda Eckermann’s first time collaboration with Gail Harradine merges digital photography, entomological research, electron microscopic imaging and First Nations cultural practices, to explore their shared knowledge, understanding and connection to landscape.

    Belinda Eckermann lives and works in Victoria’s Wimmera/Mallee Region. Her current practice is intrinsically tied to her local environment. In 2013, she undertook her Masters in Visual Arts. She currently investigating the native Bardi Grub and Rain Moth and modes of incorporating their natural interventions with their environment into her creative practice. Eckermann has exhibited regularly throughout regional Victoria since 2009 and recently won Best Emerging Artist at the Knox Immerse Festival. She is also the Founder and Director of Turbo Gallery, Rainbow, Victoria.

  • Alison Eggleton (AU)

    Alison Eggleton is curator at Horsham Regional Art Gallery. Over the last 10 years Alison has worked with Australian artists, public galleries and large art institutions to deliver a variety of contemporary art exhibitions and public programs for the gallery. In 2018 she undertook a curatorial residency at Rimbun Dahan Art Residency in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  In-2019 she begun practice led research examining curatorial dialogue and exhibition making as frameworks for understanding approaches to the representation of race, trans-nationality and gender. She is currently undertaking a Master by Research at RMIT in curatorial practice in Australia. Recent exhibitions Alison has curated include Minstrel Kuik: She who has no self  for PHOTO 2020 and Megan Evans :Unstable 2021 both held at Horsham Regional Art Gallery.

  • Gail Harradine (AU)

    Born 1966, Dimboola, Australia
    Lives and works Melbourne, Australia

    Born in Dimboola, First Peoples visual artist, curator and teacher, Gail Harradine has long made reference to the Wimmera and Grampians/Gariwerd region within her work and has been involved in numerous exhibitions throughout Australia. She practices across painting, printmaking, silver-smithing and employs photography as a conceptual tool within her work. Harradine is Curatorial Manager with the Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne and has also worked with the National Museum of Australia showcasing Indigenous art. She has an enduring interest in supporting other South Eastern Australian Aboriginal artists in promotion of culture in their region. She has twice been shortlisted in the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards and won the inaugural Dr Alister Hinchley Acquisitive Art Award (2013). She is the first local Indigenous artist to have her work in Horsham Regional Art Gallery Collection, following her exhibition at Natimuk’s Goat Gallery in 2017. Her work is also held in national collections including the National Library of Australia; the Department of Justice Indigenous Issues Unit; the Royal Women’s Hospital; City of Melbourne; Koorie Heritage Trust Inc Collection; and University of Melbourne.

  • Pippa Milne (NZ)

    Pippa Milne is a writer and curator based in Melbourne. She is the Senior Curator at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne and has been working with photography since 2011. She was previously Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne and Associate Curator of International Art at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. Recent exhibitions Pippa has curated include Bill Henson: The light fades but the gods remain (2019), Architecture Makes Us: Cinematic Visions of Sonia Leber and David Chesworth (2018) (co-curated with Naomi Cass and Made Spencer Castle) and An unorthodox flow of images (co-curated with Naomi Cass) (2017). Pippa is a regular contributor to publications and institutions in Australia and New Zealand and has been a nominator for various prizes including ICP Infinity Award and Prix Pictet.

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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