A three-year national tour of Haunting will begin at Warrnambool Art Gallery in Victoria from 2 May to 21 June 2020, before travelling to other venues around Australia.
Haunting is a fascinating body of work that encompasses photography, video and text. Demonstrating how objects and stories can be brought to life, this exhibition provokes various interpretations of the past and its ever unfolding consequences on the present.
Vic McEwan, the National Museum's 2015 artist-in-residence, created the large scale still photography and video works in Haunting, in collaboration with curator George Main.
An image of Mary Gilmore projected onto smoke over the Murrumbidgee River
An image of a typewriter owned by poet and activist Mary Gilmore projected onto the bank of the Murrumbidgee River
An image of a plan of the Eunonyhareenya Run (about 1880) projected onto fog
An image of a stack of wheat bags awaiting rail transport at Temora (about 1920) projected onto fog
Nathan Cobb, Fred Wills and William Farrer at Lambrigg (about 1892) projected onto the bank of the Murrumbidgee River
An image of an eight furrow stump-jump plough (about 1940) projected onto fog
In projecting images of museum objects onto continually changing natural elements such as water, fog and smoke, McEwan has made the environment an active participant in his interpretation of agricultural history and its objects.
How does the meanings of these significant objects change when we allow uncontrollable natural elements to help produce the work?
Haunting is a travelling exhibition developed by The Cad Factory and the National Museum of Australia.
Haunting will also be on show at the following venues:
- Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria, 29 April to 20 June 2020
- Burra Regional Art Gallery, South Australia, 2 July to 9 August 2020
- Narrandera Art Centre, New South Wales, 3 September to 18 October 2020 (weekends only)
- Port Pirrie Regional Art Gallery, South Australia, 19 November 2020 to 31 January 2021
- Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Tasmania, 12 February to 21 March 2021
- Tamworth Regional Gallery, New South Wales, 2 April to 30 May 2021
- Museum of the Riverina, New South Wales, 15 June to 15 September 2021
- Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, 8 October to 29 November 2021
- Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, New South Wales, 22 January to 27 February 2022
- National Museum of Australia, Australian Capital Territory, 9 March to 31 July 2022
The Cad Factory is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, the Sidney Myer Fund, Nelson Meers Foundation and W & A Johnson Family Foundation. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.