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the distance between pushing and pulling
Over the past few years, Selena de Carvalho has journeyed between sites. During multiple expeditions and artist residencies, she has sought out international, national and local sites of disturbance. These have included nuclear reactors in India and France as well as environments directly affected by climate change like melting glaciers in Iceland. All the while, the artist has returned again and again to visit an orchid – the last of its species – found in a Tasmanian cemetery.
Out in the field Selena has performed personal rituals, with the intension of working with ‘more than human’ witnesses to disturbance. She has developed documentation as well as composing physical samples as remnants of these ecological visits.
The artist invites you to witness this translation of experience – a creative response to acts and actions of pilgrimage or ‘reverse tourism’. The exhibition will develop over the course of five weeks and will grow to inhabit more gallery spaces. The gallery becomes a testing ground for ideas and the conversation of exchange.