ARTS Mildura’s newest exhibition SALTbody features dance video, photography, installation and visual art created over the past six months by 13 artists from around Australia, inclu ing local artists Mark Grist and Robbie and Jackie Wirramunda.
ARTS Mildura’s newest exhibition SALTbody looks at salt beyond being “the only rock we eat”.
The exhibition features dance video, photography, installation and visual art created over the past six months by 13 artists from around Australia, including local artists Mark Grist and Robbie and Jackie Wirramunda.
SALTbody curator Gareth Hart said he couldn’t be happier with the response at the official opening on Saturday.
“It was amazing, it was all really well received,” Hart said.
“Everyone really engaged with the work and started many conversations around salt.”
Hart said the idea of the exhibition came about after he was approached by artist Vanessa White to show her dance video, which features a lone dancer exploring the “incredible” Lake Tyrrell salt flats.
“The body and salt share an intricate relationship and this exhibition is a reflection of the body and landscape, with direct reference to this place,” he said.
“From a political perspective, salt has many readings, being a western and eastern trade resource over time, arriving in Australia by boat across vast amounts of saltwater, medicinal practices using salt, and how the body sweats salt as a response to working the land.
“And as such, we are interested to bring attention to reflections on colonisation through the exhibition.”
Hart said the exhibition was like nothing that has been on display at the Museum of Innocence Mildura this year.
“The artists involved in the exhibition represent very rigorous and exciting trends in contemporary practice and I am thrilled to have curated these artists in SALTbody,” he said.
“This is a new direction for us and one of our more unique exhibitions.”
SALTbody will remain on display at the Museum of Innocence Mildura until October 13.