Having spent several months on an Arts Fellowship in Antarctica, Brisbane photographer Judy Parrott's exhibition of photographic works present a rare glimpse of life on Australian research stations.
Antarctica - A Place in the Wilderness is the product of an arts fellowship with the Australian Antarctic Division and six-week residency at Casey Station, one of three Australian bases. The exhibition covers life on the ship Aurora Australis whilst journeying south. It documents six weeks at Casey Station, including the work of the scientists and tradespeople, field trips, the day to day life of the station and the environment, and an Antarctic Christmas and New Year. The return journey on the Russian re-supply ship VasiliyGolvnin also documents one week at both Mawson and Davis Stations, Australia's other bases, with field trips to surrounding environments.
The exhibition is based on the five senses and includes silver gelatin photographs of community and place; a data projection of colour images; informative text; local ambient sounds, locally played music and words spoken by members of the community, collaged together into a CD; and found objects, collected from the Antarctic environment with a collection permit issued by Australian Antarctic Division for exhibition purposes.
This touring exhibition is supported by The GEO Project - a resources website that features image galleries, critical writing, an education kit and online activities that add a layer of interest, documentation, education and interaction across the GEO exhibitions: Antarctica - A Place in the Wilderness, Intimate Transactions, Habitus - Habitat and Replant: a new generation of botanical art.
Antarctica - A Place in the Wilderness has been supported by Brisbane City Council, the Australian Antarctic Division and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. The public program for Antarctica - A Place in the Wilderness is proudly funded by the Queensland Government's Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
Tour Dates 2007
Noosa Regional Gallery: 14 December - 3 February 08
Tour Dates 2008
Warwick Art Gallery: 8 February - 16 March
Australian Catholic University: 31 March - 2 May
Texas Regional Art Gallery: 13 May - 21 June
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum: 13 December -15 February 2009