INSIDE ELANDS //

16 APRIL - 30 MAY 2021

INSIDE ELANDS explores the poetics of place, architectural space and landscape memoir through local archives, moving image and sound, painting, writing and expanded photography.

INSIDE ELANDS
16 APRIL - 30 MAY 2021

Hidden in the hinterlands of NSW, Elands shares parallels with other small country communities but has its own unique history of Indigenous custodianship, pioneer/settlers and the counter-culture populations from the late 1960s to the 1990s.

INSIDE ELANDS explores the poetics of place, architectural space and landscape memoir through local archives, moving image and sound, painting, writing and expanded photography. A key area of investigation are the hand-built homes of the 1970s and ‘80s, concealed in the isolated valleys and backwaters of this waterfall-plateau on the Great Dividing Range – many lost to or threatened by bushfires in 2019/2020.

The project is a collaboration across boundaries by artists, writers, filmmakers, curators and musicians with complementary skills and apposite intellectual approaches. INSIDE ELANDS involves Alison Bennett, Una Rey, Rilka Oakley, Juliet Lamont, Leigh Redhead and Arnhem Hunter: each ‘insider’ shares in the micro-historical experience of Elands, its utopian/dystopian mythology and its arresting natural beauty.


IMAGE: Alison Bennett & Una Rey Elands Co-op 2020 (screenshot detail)