by Dave Wong, Canberra, Australia:
I feel very privileged to have some of my work, including Meet Your Neighbours images on display at two great locations in Canberra in the coming weeks and months.
Yesterday, with the great help of Megan, Dan and other staff from the Australian National Botanic Gardens, we installed Meet Your Neighbours images in the Rock Garden section of the Gardens. The images will be installed between the 3rd and 12th of March and will be lit up during the Luminous Botanicus II: Night Moods events that will be held at the Gardens for the next two Friday and Saturday nights. This event is part of the Enlighten festival.
It is great to have these images finally installed in an outdoor location (as was the original intention – inspired by Clay Bolt’s outdoor exhibit at the Highlands Botanical Garden – North Carolina). The ANBG is a perfect location for the exhibition as it is it set within Black Mountain, the place where I many of the species featured in the exhibition were photographed.
I am really looking forward to seeing how the images look throughout the two weeks and how people interact with them. I am especially curious to see how they will look at the Enlighten event. Apparently there will even be a Shakuhachi master playing in the rock garden! A big thanks to all the staff of the ANBG who contributed in various ways to the exhibition organisation or installation of the exhibition including Jennifer Salkeld and Steve Speer and Dan. Particular thanks go to Megan Donaldson who handled much of the organisation and logistics behind the exhibition and came up with the concept of holding the exhibition in the Rock Garden as part of Enlighten.
Speaking of Enlighten, I think there would also be great potential for Meet Your Neighbours images to work as projected images onto buildings or screens in public places.
Another group show that will feature some of my work, including Meet Your Neighbours images, is Bush Capital: The Natural History of the ACT which opens on the 11th of March and runs until the 26th of June. I am really interested to see the show as it shows the variety of ways in which we can view the local ecosystems and species through artistic works, specimens, video and audio. There is also a great public program that accompanies the show. Many thanks to Rowan Henderson and Ian Fraser who co-curated the show and invited me to include work.
I hope that both of these shows will help to spark people’s interest in diversity of nature that is always nearby, particularly in the ‘Bush Capital’.