Please join us for a soiree and artist talk of Turks Head Gallery latest exhibition…
Date: 27th March 2021
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Place: Turks Head Gallery
Image Ecologies is a photographic enquiry into the post-industrial condition of one of New South Wales’ most iconic and remote cities. As Australia’s first heritage city, Broken Hill is celebrated for its continuous one-hundred-and-thirty-five-year history of mining operations, the struggle and victories won by steadfast trade unions, and the pioneering environmental groundwork carried out by passionate community groups. The city was established around some of the earth’s richest mineral deposits and has generated more than three-hundred-billion dollars for various multinational corporations in this century-long endeavour.
However, today Broken Hill tells a much different story. It is representative of many remote communities; facing declining populations, more frequent and extreme weather events, and economic uncertainty. Yet, in the face of this future, the community of Broken Hill appears to be driving a period of rapid cultural transformation. Moving away from the extractive economies of the past to embrace a more sustainable and post-industrial future, embracing cultural economies and the transformative power of renewable energy. Drawing from images created between 2015 and 2018, Image Ecologies attempts to grapple with these complexities of place; unfolding as an observation of how these overlapping histories are woven into the surfaces and environments of Broken Hill.
James T. Farley is an artist, curator and lecturer in photography based in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Working predominately in regional and remote areas, James’s practice explores the intersections of ecological, industrial, and cultural concerns through photography in its expanding form. Combining a documentary-style with experimental photographic processes, environmental collaboration, and artist books, James creates stories that muddy the waters of Western dualistic thinking to explore the more complex and interrelated ecological realities of the Anthropocene.
Jacob Raupach is an artist and publisher based in Melbourne, VIC. Jacob’s practice exists at the intersections of photographs, artist books, sculpture and installation. Through these mediums he investigates the invisibility of labour, the relationship between natural and societal environments, and the ways in which art as a practice can help to alter and rewrite our perceptions of place and history. His work has continuously tried to address these issues through the production of artefacts that deal with abstract forces like capitalism and climate change via a realist and documentary aesthetic.