Janet Laurence (AU)

Tears of Dust

Tears Of Dust

Image: Janet Laurence, MCA THEATRE OF Trees. Dye sublimation Photographs printed Silk veils, video. Photo by Jackie Manning.

Intimate glimpses into the fragility and power of our ecosystem.


01 March - 26 May


Museum of Australian Photography [i]
860 Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill
Tue – Fri, 10am – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 10am – 4pm


Environmental Futures


Wheelchair access



Janet Laurence’s immersive, multi-sensory installation Tears of Dust reflects upon the fragility and power of the natural environment. Her intensely seductive and yet haunting evocations of the natural environment creating encounters with our changing planet.

In this world premiere show, these wunderkammers (cabinets of curiosity) provide windows into our fragile ecosystem—of breathing forests, extreme weather events and dying glaciers—and offer a sense of connection with and, mourning of, our vanishing life world.

When encountering these familiar and yet otherworldly environments, we become profoundly aware of the interconnection of all life forms and the alchemical wonder of plants ability to regenerate.

Curated by Anouska Phizacklea Supported by The Albert and Barbara Tucker Foundation, the Luminaries and the MAPh Foundation

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  • Anouska Phizacklea

    Anouska Phizacklea (BA (hons), MA, MCom, CPA, GAICD) is Director of the Museum of Australian Photography (MAPh). Phizacklea has expertise across the visual, decorative, film and literary arts as well as finance and organisational development, with Masters Degrees in both Fine Arts and Commerce.

    In 2023 she joined the board of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Treasurer). She has held senior management positions at leading Victorian public institutions, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), and worked for many years in art research and valuations in galleries and auction houses in Melbourne and London. Since her appointment at MAPh Phizacklea has curated group and single artist exhibitions with leading Australian practitioners


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.

01–24 March