His­tory in the mak­ing

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Picture: Bruce Hunt

BE pre­pared to think about his­tory a lit­tle dif­fer­ent with the help of the Fre­man­tle Art Cen­tre's new ex­hi­bi­tion, I Was Here.

IN a town where her­itage reigns, seven artists have come to­gether for a new ex­hi­bi­tion that aims to turn his­tory on its head.

The five Aus­tralian and two in­ter­na­tional artists have brought to­gether pho­to­graphs, sculp­tures and paint­ings for the Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre ex­hi­bi­tion I Was Here, turn­ing the known world up­side down and pass­ing fiction off as fact.

Among them is New Zealand artist Wanda Gille­spie, who has hand­made items that have the look of cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant arte­facts, but in re­al­ity are noth­ing more than a fig­ment of her imag­i­na­tion, while the work of Can­berra artist Tom Buck­land uses a se­ries of peep­holes to let the viewer into a world of skele­tons, minia­ture peo­ple and mag­i­cal places.

Ex­hi­bi­tion cu­ra­tor Anna Louise Richard­son said the work ex­plored the ways peo­ple re­mem­bered his­tory.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion came to­gether as a re­sponse to the loaded his­tory of Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre and the sur­round­ing area,” she said.

“I’m in­ter­ested in the changing uses and recorded his­to­ries of spa­ces, places and in­fra­struc­ture and I Was Here brings to­gether seven artists who ex­plore this in an en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and built con­text.”

I Was Here is one of two ex­hi­bi­tions launched at the Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre on Fri­day, with New York-based artist Ian Strange also open­ing Is­land, a pho­to­graphic col­lec­tion of fore­closed sub­ur­ban houses that looks into the fragility of a home.

I Was Here and Is­land are at the Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre un­til Septem­ber 16.

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Artist Wanda Gille­spie.

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