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Embedded: Craig Walsh

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12 September-24 November 2013

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Embedded: Craig Walsh has now finished.

Embedded: Craig Walsh
Installation view, MCA, 2013
Image courtesy and © the artist
Photograph: Alex Davies

In Country (Python Pool, Millstream) – Sisters Berry Malcolm and Dinah Smith 2012
Installation view, Embedded: Craig Walsh, MCA, 2013
Image courtesy the artist, Berry Malcolm and Dinah Smith © the artist
Photograph: Alex Davies

In Country (Python Pool, Millstream) – Sisters Berry Malcolm and Dinah Smith 2012
Installation view, Embedded: Craig Walsh, MCA, 2013
Image courtesy the artist, Berry Malcolm and Dinah Smith © the artist
Photograph: Alex Davies

In Country – Lawrence Kerr 2012
Installation view, Embedded: Craig Walsh, MCA, 2013
Image courtesy the artist and Lawrence Kerr © the artist
Photograph: Alex Davies

Embedded: Craig Walsh
Installation view, MCA, 2013
Image courtesy and © the artist
Photograph: Alex Davies

Standing stone site 2012
Installation view, Embedded: Craig Walsh, MCA, 2013
Image courtesy the artist and Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation © the artist
Photograph: Alex Davies

In Country (detail) 2012
Installation view, Embedded: Craig Walsh, MCA, 2013
Image courtesy the artist and Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation © the artist
Photograph: Alex Davies

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In Country – Pansy Hicks 2012, Image courtesy the artist and Pansy Hicks
In Country – Tim Douglas 2012, Image courtesy the artist and Tim Douglas
Installation view, Embedded: Craig Walsh, MCA, 2013
Image © the artist
Photograph: Alex Davies

Embedded: Craig Walsh
Installation view, MCA, 2013
Image courtesy and © the artist
Photograph: Alex Davies

Embedded: Craig Walsh
Installation view, MCA, 2013
Image courtesy and © the artist
Photograph: Alex Davies

Craig Walsh’s new exhibition here at the MCA may surprise those familiar with his public art works, which often take the form of video projections onto nature or architecture.

Embedded developed out of a commission from Rio Tinto, which enabled Walsh to spend time in the Pilbara, where iron ore is mined. He worked with Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (the traditional custodians of the Pilbara’s Burrup Peninsula), Murujuga National Park rangers, and Rio Tinto staff, developing two spectacular moving-image works and a series of photographic portraits. The works reflect on the connection the local Aboriginal people have to their country, particularly its extraordinary historic rock art.

While everyone in Australia is touched by mining, few know what iron ore looks like. So, into his show, Walsh adds twenty-one industrial bins, brimming with it. Bringing the landscape inside, he turns the gallery into an obstacle course, a labyrinth. Visitors, themselves, will feel embedded.

The accompanying, richly illustrated catalogue doubles as a monograph, documenting Walsh’s key projects from the last fifteen-or-so years. It features essays by Michael Fitzgerald and by curators Judith Blackall and Robert Leonard, and an interview with the artist by Annemarie Kohn.

Embedded is a joint project by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Experience the dramatic landscape of the Pilbara, and hear and see stories from the artist Craig Walsh and the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation Circle of Elders through our special feature microsite Murujuga in the Pilbara

All images:
Installation view, Embedded: Craig Walsh, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2013
Image courtesy and © the artist
Photography: Alex Davies

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