Up in the Sky – Landing Points: Race, place and identity

Set against the backdrop of an Australian outback town, Tracey Moffatt’s Up in the Sky (1997) addresses issues of race, religion, alienation and struggle within the context of the Stolen Generation. Twenty years later the cinematic series of 25 photographs and its complex examination of post-colonial race, place and identity resonates in the work of 11 contemporary Australian artists showcased in this exhibition. Through painting, performance, photography, film and installation, each artist offers a unique perspective on current cultural and political complexities.

This is a period where identity politics have been at the forefront of debates concerning civil and human rights across the Western world; a time where the call by First Nations for self determination, Reconciliation, and constitutional recognition, sits adjacent to growing xenophobia wrought by globalisation, Islamic fundamentalism, the War on Terror, and the flight of refugees. All have challenged cherished national myths of egalitarianism and a unified national self.

Cigdem Aydemir, The Ride, 2017, Proximity Festival, Perth, video duration: varied. Courtesy the artist and Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Sydney

Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
Until 4 March, 2018