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Kate Harding, _Birth and ten-year-old quilts_ 2021 and Dale Harding, _Cloaks (mortua and mortuus)_ 2018, _Repression cloak (ceremony for a gay wedding)_ 2018 and _Untitled cloak_ 2018. Installation view, _Dale Harding: Through a lens of visitation_, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2021. Photo: Andrew Curtis. Image courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Dale Harding: Through a lens of visitation
  • Hilary Thurlow

8 May 2021
18 Apr - 26 Jun 2021

Dale Harding: Through a lens of visitation at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) draws out the strength of matriarchal lines within Dale Harding’s artistic and cultural practices, giving space for knowledge-sharing and making to his mother and other significant matriarchs, established and emerging. Curated by Hannah Mathews, Through a lens of visitation incorporates works by Dale and Kate Harding, Dale’s mother and an artist in her own right. By way of his matrilineal line, Dale is of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples of central Queensland and his work centres on the culturally and artistically significant Carnarvon Gorge and surrounding Country. More than just the clichéd connections drawn between textiles, women and feminism, intergenerational feminisms echo throughout. Dale shares gallery space and collaborates with his mother Kate, as well as educator Jan Oliver and his cousin Hayley Matthews. Many themes are articulated across the body of work shown in Through a lens of visitation, but the main focus is upon the intersections between the history of Australian art, minimalism and matrilineal lines.

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