PROMISE THE EARTH
18th June – 31st July
Promise the Earth is the next in a five-part exhibition series launched two years ago at The Lock-Up. Curated by Meryl Ryan and Naomi Riddle, each exhibition takes one of the elements – water, earth, fire, air and æther (the post internet realm) – as its defining feature.
The first, all things are water (2019-20), rethought water in its many forms across diverse disciplines. Backgrounded by a brutal drought and bushfire season, it also became an elegy for our times.
Fixed now on terra firma, PROMISE THE EARTH will naturally continue that conversation with urgent ecological imperatives and the environment. Equally it will speak to cultural perspectives, ritual and connection. Moving between installation, photomedia, painting and interactive experiences, this exhibition presents earth as a material for making, as a site of sustenance and survival, and as a metaphor for home.