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Future River: When the past flows

COUNIHAN Future River

Future River: When the past flows

3 Feb 2024 – 28 Apr 2024

Underneath each building or stretch of asphalt there are deep layers of meaning and history. Beneath the concrete there are countless stories not memorialized. Future River: When the past flows examines the Indigenous understanding that cities are obfuscations of what is — that monuments conceal the past.

Under our cities, the rivers and creeks still flow, and with them the Indigenous narratives of the past that will naturally become future rivers. Though we may try to cage and redirect the flow of water using concrete, the waterways will inevitably run their own course.

This exhibition re-images and re-memorialises what lies beneath the concrete slab — thousands of years of story and life obscured. This exhibition draws attention to the role of the city as a besiegement, and how, through artistic intervention, we can allow the past to flow into the future once more.

'Future River: When the past flows' features work by Maree Clarke (Yorta Yorta/Wamba Wamba/Mutti Mutti/Boonwurrung), Julie Gough (Trawlwoolway), Peta Clancy (Bangerang) and Jody Haines (palawa). The project is curated by Kimba Thompson.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Blak Dot Gallery as part of PHOTO 2024.

Maree Clarke. The Long Journey Home 2, 2018. Digital print on photographic paper. 85 x 125 cm. Image courtesy the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery

Gallery Details

Counihan Gallery in Brunswick
233 Sydney Road
Brunswick VIC 3056
T: 03 9389 8622
E: counihangallery@moreland.vic.gov.au
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Opening Hours
Wednesday to Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday:1pm – 5pm
Closed on public holidays and between exhibitions for installation.
Entry is Free.

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Gallery Info

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.