Image: Salote Tawale, Super, 2003, single channel digital video, silent, dimensions variable, courtesy the artist. Installation view, 2016 Peel Street Park Projection Program: Photo by J. Forsyth.
Since 2011, Council's projector has been lighting up the Bob Rose Stand at the former home of the Collingwood Football Club. In 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020 the projector relocated to Peel Street Park in Collingwood for a very popular series of projections over the winter months.
The massive, red-brick wall in the park has become a cinematic-screen for large-scale still and moving image artworks which are projected every night after dark, until late. In the past few years, City of Yarra has presented a dynamic series of projections at this site by emerging, mid-career and established artists.
By popular demand the projection program is returning to Peel Street Park in 2021 on the corner of Peel and Little Oxford Streets in Collingwood and will be screening artwork every night after dark until midnight.
Image: Maree Clarke Born of the Land 2014 single channel digital video, silent, 1 min 48 secs. Video Production: SW Productions. Courtesy Maree Clarke and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
Born of the Land (2014) by Maree Clarke is currently exhibited in Peel Street Park.
Rising up from the red dirt, where the land itself is representative of my connections to Country, this work evokes the spirit of my Ancestors and draws on the traditional mourning practices of the past to tell new stories about the history of Aboriginal resilience in southeast Australia.
In positioning myself as the central figure in this work, I invite the audience to witness alternative representations of Aboriginality, where digital technology assists in my creating an ethereal and sensory landscape. The work challenges notions that Aboriginal people from southeast Australia are obsolete and no longer here. The work is one of juxtapositions, as I move from the past to the present, standing strong on the Country of my Ancestors to reveal contemporary representations of who I am and where I come from. This moving image work provides another lens through which to view the many different ways of being Aboriginal.
As Aboriginal people we are connected to place, yet we may live away from place; we are connected to stories and people from the past, yet they continue to resonate in our lives today. All these things and more inform my work, as I create and reclaim my cultural heritage as a contemporary Aboriginal artist.
Previous projections have included works by Salote Tawale, Angela Tiatia, Amanda Wright, Georgia Robenstone, Josh Muir, Martine Corompt, Elizaveta Maltseva, Malcolm McKinnon, Morgan Hickinbotham, Madeleine Cleeve Gerkens with Daniella Raniti, Rose Hartley, James Henry, Virginia Fraser and Destiny Deacon, Leila Jeffreys, Arini Byng and Charlotte Allingham