To greener pastures looks closely at the holes that have been made in fences around the sheep farms of Kandos in regional NSW. The animals that made these holes were trying to get to greener pastures. This work is about the basic desires and needs of these animals as much as it is about the basic desires and needs of people. From the enclosures of Britain that brought an end to the commons, to the colonial demarcations over land that split up the countries of Aboriginal Australia, to the violence of national borders and the imagined identities they shape.
To greener pastures is a photo and video based work developed during a residency for Cementa15, a biennial art event in the post-industrial town of Kandos (NSW), taking place from 9th-12th April, 2015. The full length video can be seen online in Runway: Australian Experimental Arts, OUTSIDE: issue # 27, April, 2015, edited by Glenn Barkley. This work was also screened at Channels – The Australian Video Art Festival, Federation Square Big Screen Melbourne in 2015 and was a finalist in the 2016 National Photography Prize at the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA).
The work consists of a series of 50 photos and a video. At Cementa15 and at MAMA audiences were invited to respond to the work by writing on the images. The response is a vast, poignant and inspiring collection of Australia’s thoughts about what holes in fences mean to us at this point in time.
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Many thanks to Kandos Projects and Ann Finnegan.