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Coming soon: Opening 29 April 2020 at Warnambool Art Gallery, Victoria

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.

Haunting will be on show at Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria, 29 April to 20 June 2020 before travelling to other venues around Australia.


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 relax human control of art making and allow uncontrollable natural elements to help produce the work?

Haunting is developed by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with The Cad Factory.

Haunting will also be on show at the following venues:

  • Narrandera Arts Centre, New South Wales, 4 September to 1 November 2020 (weekends only)
  • Burra Regional Art Gallery, South Australia, 12 November to 24 December 2020
  • 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 Sept 2021
  • National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 14 October 2021 to 20 December 2022


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.
Visions Australia
The Cad Factory
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