Yhonnie Scarce and Megan Cope have been curated into Sydney Contemporary’s Installation Contemporary, an exhibition of innovative, site-specific and interactive installations throughout the fair, curated by Nina Miall.
Yhonnie Scarce’s Strontium – 90: Fallout Babies, references the ongoing effects of colonisation on Aboriginal people. In Strontium – 90: Fallout Babies, Scarce returns to her birthplace in Woomera, South Australia, to investigate the British Atomic testing carried out in Maralinga area during the 1950s and 60’s and the effects radiation had on the local indigenous population. The work is a poignant and evocative installation consisting of five 1970’s neo natal baby cribs containing Scarce’s iconic hand blown bush fruits set against a large scale wallpaper mural of Woomera.
Megan Cope’s installation, Untitled (Old Kahibah), is an interactive sound sculpture that responds to the lands of the Awabakal people and Newcastle region, a place of significant alteration and extraction, geological movements and extensive industrial histories. In this work timber and rocks from country were combined with metal strings that enable the elements of country to sing its story of change upon colonisation. Artists and performers Eric Avery and Amrita Hepi joined Megan for three performances in which the work was activated with physical movements to create a passage of sound, mapping both country and stories responding to this landscape.