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National Museum of Australia | 23 February to 11 April 2023 | Free

Haunting honours the Murrumbidgee River and its communities of people and other living beings. It reveals how history – like the river – flows through the land and our lives.

Vic McEwan's Haunting 5:43

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.

On cold winter nights, McEwan projected images of museum objects, old photographs and a time-worn map across the Murrumbidgee River, onto fog, mist and campfire smoke drifting over the dark water.

The imagery, all intimately tied to the river and its turbulent history, came alive in unexpected, sometimes mysterious ways.

Slideshow

Mary Gilmore’s Typewriter 1: Riverbank

Mary Gilmore 4: Fog and Smoke

Farrer: Riverbank

Eunonyhareenyha 2: Fog

Wheat Bag 1–4: Fog

Stump-Jump Plough: Fog

Hosting the exhibition

Haunting is available to tour nationally.

If you are interested in hosting this touring exhibition please contact: touring@nma.gov.au

Acknowledgements

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

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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.

Haunting was on show at:

  • Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, New South Wales, 16 July to 4 September 2022
  • Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, 3 October to 28 November 2021
  • Tamworth Regional Gallery, New South Wales, 3 April to 16 May 2021
  • Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Tasmania, 12 February to 21 March 2021
  • Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, 12 to 15 November 2020
  • Griffith Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, 5 June to 2 August 2020
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