Solid Ground II: Echoes Curated by Tom Macphail* 13 - 30 June 2013
With a Federal election approaching, Solid Ground II: Echoes is an inquiry into the current debates pertaining
to asylum seekers and refugees within Australia by bringing together a range of artists and writers, aiming
to approach the subject by expressing a variety of viewpoints, observations and lived experiences.
The aim of the exhibition is to focus on the facts of the current issues whilst considering Australia's
immigration history, international context and the political rhetoric and media sensationalism that has
marred the issues and demonized 'boat people'. The 'White Australian' policy of earlier decades demonstrates
that Australian's fear of outsiders is nothing new, yet the current polarization of the voting public reveals issues
of underlying xenophobia that we have yet to shake off.
At The Vanishing Point gallery, in association with OPEN Marrickville is calling for artists whose
artworks/practices are engaged with the above subject and writers who are looking to be published with the
exhibition's accompanying zine.
All medium and contemporary visual arts practices are welcome to apply. Propose up to 5 artworks per artist.
*Curated under ATVPs Emerging Curator Mentorship program.
Solid Ground II:
Echoes is supported by funding from Marrickville Council's Open
Marrickville festival &
Emerging Curator Mentorship program, supported by The Visual Arts and Craft
Strategy and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.