Terra inFirma is a new exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre coinciding with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival in Australia. It explores how colonialism has affected the Dharug people, other First Nations groups, and other communities from the Asia-Pacific region now living in western Sydney – specifically those who live in Blacktown.
Via personal stories, artworks and shared experiences, Terra inFirma examines Cook’s legacy beyond a Eurocentric lens, regarding it “as an act of transgression”.
The exhibition will also extend into nearby open spaces, laneways, schools and neighbourhoods. Expect installations and video pieces from Dharug-Dharawal artist Venessa Possum that explore the importance of water, and video and painted works from Judy Watson reflecting on the massacres in colonial times.
First Nations artists from around the world (including Polynesia, the Philippines, India and Pakistan) who now call Blacktown home will also exhibit.