Dark Swan

Kelsey Ashe Giambazi, Kristie Rowe, Will Axten, Genrefonix, Fran Rhodes, Ross Potter, Rebecca Dagnall, Ben Crappsley, Eva Fernandez, Anna Nazzari, Ray Costarella, Caitlin Cassidy, Sheree Dornan, Sharyn Egan.
Curated by Kelsey Ashe Giambazi

8 September – 5 October 2018
Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm, Sat, 10am-2pm

‘Dark Swan – Contemporary Tales of the Gothic Antipodes’, examines an aesthetic of Australian Gothic Romanticism in relation to the real and imagined history and landscape of Western Australia, through a series of conceptual and atmospheric visual art, performance, music, costume and film experiences.

A contemporary re-imagining of the romanticism of the Victorian age in which WA’s identity emerged is explored through works relating to Fremantle’s colonial architecture, historical characters and material culture. Ghosts such as Moondyne Joe are brought to life, as are unusual imaginings of local convict-era architecture; the Fremantle Prison, Roundhouse and Lunatic Asylum (Fremantle Arts Centre).

‘Dark Swan’ presents WA artists’ responses to notions of the mysterious and uncanny; exploring the dark subconscious in relation to Australia's landscape and history, examining the spiritual awe perceived to emanate from the Australian landscape and embracing the part of the human psyche that finds beauty in darkness.

This project is supported by the City of Fremantle and The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries WA

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