Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
12 Sep 2013 to 24 Nov 2013
Craig Walsh (born 1966, Orange, NSW) is renowned for his site-responsive artworks, often created collaboratively with communities. Walsh has worked across a range of art forms – sculpture, photography, performance and digital media − and contexts, from gallery-based installations to public art commissions, international art exhibitions, music festivals, theatre and other inter-disciplinary events. He is interested in exploring alternative contexts for contemporary art and his works have invariably incorporated local perspectives that connect with broader issues.
Embedded developed from a commission by Rio Tinto and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia that enabled Walsh to spend time in the Pilbara’s Burrup Peninsula (Murujuga). There, he worked with Elders of Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (the traditional custodians), Murujuga National Park rangers and Rio Tinto staff to make two new digital-video works and a series of photographic portraits. In these works, Walsh reflected on the connection the local Aboriginal people have to their country and the cultural significance of the extraordinary ancient rock art on the Peninsula.
The Pilbara is also iron-ore mining country, and industry has transformed the life and culture of the region, especially for Aboriginal people.
Walsh presented his videos and photographs in an immersive environment, with twenty industrial bins brimming with iron ore and walls painted in the colours of the safety clothing mining workers wear. Walsh transformed the gallery − bringing the landscape inside, bringing there here − so that viewers might themselves feel embedded.
Experience the dramatic landscape of the Pilbara, and hear and see stories from the artist Craig Walsh and the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation Circle of Elders through our special feature microsite Murujuga in the Pilbara
Organised in association with the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane. Embedded was exhibited at the IMA from 29 March – 17 May 2014.
Major Partner: Rio Tinto
Hear Craig Walsh discuss his use of skip bins in Embedded