Chromatic Visions, an exhibition combining prints from Sacred Legacy, the historical photographic portraits of Native North American culture by Edward Sheriff Curtis, with selected works by Australian artists Fiona Foley, Tracey Moffatt and John Nixon, will be on display at Sydney College of the Arts during September.
Sacred Legacy documents Native American culture during the early 1900’s. Curtis’ photographs reflect a time when Native American culture was considerably untouched by European culture. During his explorations, he was given unprecidented access to their daily and sacred lives. He grew to respect, admire and learn from his experiences. This journey came at a great personal toll for Curtis, yet he continued on a thirty-year journey that culminated in a comprehensive anthropological record of Native American culture, in the twenty volume The North American Indian.
Using the prism of Curtis’ iconic images, Chromatic Visions explores themes of development, loss and reclamation as they resonate within a contemporary context. Nixon’s monochrome paintings, alongside the works of Foley and Moffatt, create a dialogue between contemporary Australian art, contemporary Australian Indigenous art and the anthropological prints of Curtis’.
Chromatic Visions is supported by the United States Consulate General, Sydney; the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney; the Koori Centre at the University of Sydney; and Sydney College of the Arts.
Chromatic Visions will be on display at Sydney College of the Arts from Wednesday 10 September to Thursday 2 October 2008. Opening Tuesday 16 September, 6-8pm.
Image: Edward S. Curtis, Vash Gon, 1907.