The Burning World
Image: Hoda Afshar, Remain (still), 2018, 2-channel digital video, colour, sound. Courtesy and © the artist and Milani Gallery.
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.
This exhibition was part of PHOTO 2021’s expanded program and can now be viewed online on the venue’s website.