Jill Orr (AU)

The Promised Land Refigured

23 February - 19 May
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Image: Jill Orr, The Promised Land – Becoming, 2012. Photo by Christina Simons for Jill Orr. Courtesy the artist.

Jill Orr expands on her work about migration, colonialism, and the climate crisis.


23 February - 19 May


Linden New Art [i]
26 Acland St, St Kilda
Tue – Sun, 11am – 4pm
Closed on Public Holidays


Environmental Futures


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Jill Orr’s The Promised Land Refigured builds on Orr’s previous Promised Land project, created in 2012, with new insights that have emerged in the past eleven years. The original series centred around a slot-together, life-size, skeletal boat that does not float. Performed in sites around St Kilda, including Station and Princes Piers, sites of migrant arrival, and along the Yarra River, the entry point for colonial expansion, The Promised Land ruminated on the diverse history and impact of those arriving on these shores by boat.

This new series, a sculptural and photographic installation, explores a new wave of movement by sea. Framed by the impact of Australia’s policy of turning back asylum seekers who arrive by boat, The Promised Land Refigured engages with the anticipated issue of global homelessness, due to the outcomes of mass destruction of homes and environments resulting from climate change.

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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