Solo Exhibition / Jarvis Dooney Galerie for the European Month of Photography

Honoured to be presenting the photographic series Recording the medicinal plants of Siwai, Bougainville and launching the accompanying book Kuna Siuwai Pokong at Jarvis Dooney Galerie for the European Month of Photography (EMOP).

26 September - 17 November 2018

Please join Chief Jeffrey Noro, Rura Clan, and I at the opening 6 - 8 pm Friday 28 September for the exhibition, book launch and talk.

In 2012, Chief Alex Dawia, Taa Lupumoiku Clan from the Siwai region of Bougainville invited Kate to chronicle medicinal plants in his region. His purpose was twofold; a positive recognition of Bougainville and preservation of cultural values, through exhibition and a book. In 2013, Dr Jeffrey Noro, founder and executive director of The Kainake Project (TKP), joined the medicinal plant project. The project has been guided by TKP, a grass roots organisation in Bougainville that focuses on the need for environmental conservation to be undertaken with community development for empowerment and sustainability.

The project acknowledges the communities’ desire for equilibrium between traditional and new knowledge systems, to allow both to thrive in an increasingly global society. The artwork considers new photographic modes for sensitively engaging with deep and living histories by aligning analogue and digital characteristics found within the image to knowledge and communication systems.

The exhibition for EMOP includes photographic prints, an embroidered fabric panel and the second book launch of Kuna Siuwai Pokong. The first book launch was held at Kainake Village (where the images were made) on 19 September. It coincided with the opening of a community resource centre and a week-long sports tournament.

The book is published by TKP with financial support from the UNDP through their UNDP-GEF Small Grants Program.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The City of Boroondara has also provided support through their Individual Achievement Grant.


Utopian Tongues / Seventh Gallery

30 August- 21 September, 2018
Opening Night: Wednesday August 29, 6-8pm

Alicia King, Ara Dolatian, Callan, Farnaz Dadfar, Kate Robertson, Jake Treacy, Manisha Anjali, Marko Radosavljevic, Siying Zhou, Talia Smith, Tané Andrews, Walter Bakowski and Yuria Okamura, curated by Jake Treacy.

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Utopian Tongues is a project that brings together an inclusive group of contemporary creatives through challenging and altruistic visions of tomorrow. Through practices of art, poetry, music, dance and architecture a set of utopian acts are performed within and beyond the gallery space.

Utopian Tongues transforms SEVENTH into a space for critical thinking and progressive discourse during the exhibition, questioning how we might ensure a better and more engaged future. Identity, culture, sexuality and spirituality inform these conversations of tomorrow through the agency of today, realising art as a conduit for potent change, transformation and healing. By amplifying and providing platform for these disparate yet powerful voices, the exhibition speaks of unity in diversity, interconnectivity and community; it invokes a space for reflection, yet also of action.

Jake Treacy is a curator, writer and poet whose practice employs esoteric acts through exhibition-making, performativity, and the spoken and written word. His recent thesis examines ways of constructing liminal experiences in order to incur healing, promoting inclusivity and community, and exercising the therapy of art.


NUCLEUS, imagining science / Noorderlicht Photofestival, Netherlands

Excited to be included in NUCLEUS, imagining science, Noorderlicht International Photofestival 2017.

On this 24th Noorderlicht International Photofestival science is a subject as well as a source of inspiration. The human urge to understand and control the world has already led to an unprecedented amount of knowledge given the relatively short time we have been roaming this planet. The achievements of scientific thought have permeated everyone’s lives. This process, which is now already being called the ‘fourth industrial revolution’, will only intensify in the coming years. Artists often ask themselves the same questions as scientists and share many of the same principles like originality, creativity and an open mind. In NUCLEUS the two disciplines will enter into a dialogue with one another.