We’re no strangers to environmental strain here in Australia. Yes, we have epic beaches, incredible rainforests and almost 365 days straight of sunshine per year, but we’re also vulnerable to destructive weather events. From bushfires and floods to extreme storms, Australia isn’t all exempt when it comes to climate change. The recent 2019 to 2020 Black Summer bushfires were just the latest link in a long series of climate threats against our Sunshine State.
A year on from the fires, all affected communities are still feeling the burn from this hard period in QLD history. While we all came together to help, as Australians do, it’s no overnight fix. What we do know is that there’s no shortage in the ways we can get involved to rebuild our environment as a united community. And what better way to start than immersing yourself in a QLD culture movement that’s fuelling this important mission?
The Institute of Modern Art has set out to capture the urgency of this situation in their upcoming exhibition ‘On Fire: Climate and Crisis’. It’s an inspired exploration of the themes of global warming, focusing on fire’s mesmerising ability to heal the destruction of our land, as proclaimed by the Indigenous cultural fire movement. Featuring powerful pieces from 15 different Queensland artists, this exhibition allows people to visualise the cultural significance of this movement in the form of paintings, sculptures, immersive installation and video. Artists including Gordon Bennett, Naomi Blacklock, Paul Bong and so many more have come together to examine our planet’s precarious situation. These contemporary art pieces will ignite something in every Australian who experienced the devastation of these fires.
Don’t want to miss out of this rich cultural experience? Don’t stress! This striking exhibition will be showcased from the end of January right through to March. You can even catch two free panel events on the opening weekend!