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troublemag | April 1, 2020

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Ararat Gallery TAMA

Drawing Dashes Between Dots – Siying Zhou
From 14 March to 12 July

Ararat is the only colonial town in Australia to have been founded by Chinese immigrants, having been established by Chinese miners in the 1850s. Today, this is one of the first things you read when googling the town, although this history wasn’t always so visible. Through a month-long residency in Ararat, Zhou formed personal connections to place and sought to understand contemporary relationships to the past.

The artist utilised public archives including those from the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre and Ararat Regional Library, as well as the personal archives, memories and stories held by community members, such as the passionate community group, the Friends of Gum San. Zhou has extracted multiple narratives and perspectives from a fragmented and discontinuous representation of history. Humanising facts and figures, they take us from the 1800s through to today. Through a mixed-media installation, the artist maps out the entanglements between past and present and the way these can influence personal identity.

Collected, Saved and Combined
From 7 December 2019 to 7 June 2020

Collected, Saved and Combined brings together pieces from Ararat Gallery TAMA’s Permanent Collection. Spanning the 1980s through to today, each piece utilises repurposed everyday items to explore contemporary Australian life. This includes artworks by Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Sarah Crowest, Lois Densham, Richard Goodwin, Paull Mckee, Raquel Ormella and John Parkes.

Drafting Sheep – Lionel Lindsay
From 4 January to 5 July 2020

Drafting Sheep is a collection display that celebrates the work of Lionel Lindsay. Born into an artistic family in Creswick, Victoria, Lindsay (1874-1961) was, without doubt, one of Australia’s great black and white artists – as a printmaker his achievements remain arguably unrivalled in Australian art of this era.

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