Environmental activism can often take the form of social disobedience – wether that be through protests, or simply by bucking consumerist trends to live in a more sustainable way. We want to transplant this activism into the gallery space.
This project coincides with Bunbury Regional Art Galleries’ exhibition of Bimblebox – Art – Science – Nature, a touring show examining a nature reserve in Queensland under threat from coal mining. Seeing parallels with Bunbury’s current environmental concerns, the Bunbury Against Coal Exports Campaign suggested that we work together to create our own exhibition exploring art and environmental activism and how the arts can provide a voice for change.
Connecting our ideals
Transplanting Disobedience will be an exhibition of artworks, documents, press clippings, video, sound bites, objects and more. Each of these elements will have a story to tell about environmental activism in Bunbury and the South West.
The elements on display will be connected together in an ecosystem of ideas, ideals, thoughts and aspirations. On strips of old bed sheets, we write or draw our environmental concerns, changes we want to see or make and our dreams and hopes for our environment and community. These strips are turned into string which will physically connect the elements on display in the exhibition like the invisible stuff that holds together a community or an ecosystem.
This blog will archive our processes, as well as becoming an integral element of the exhibition.
Transplanting Disobedience is coordinated by artists Helen Seiver and Claire Pendrigh with Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury Against Coal Exports Campaign and Friends of the Earth South West.
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Transplanting Disobedience is a Bunbury Regional Art Galleries project: http://www.brag.org.au