Taranaki (detail), JD Mittmann
The Black Mist Burnt Country exhibition is a national touring exhibition produced by Burrinja Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre in Upwey, Victoria. It commemorates the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s through artworks from public and private collections by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists across the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, new media and music spanning seven decades.
Sixty years after the events the exhibition revisits the history of the atomic tests at places such as Maralinga, Emu Junction and Montebello Islands.
A variety of interactive elements will enable the visitor to the exhibition to contextualise the artwork and contemplate the impact of atomic test program in Australia on country and people. It places the Australian tests in the wider history of the nuclear arms race during the Cold War and beyond.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.
The exhibition has also received development assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund Grant, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Financial assistance was received from Gordon Darling Foundation.
This project is supported through an Artist or Curator Residency grant. The Artist or Curator Residency program is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and is managed by Museums & Galleries of NSW.
The project is supported by Anangu Pitjantjatjara people in Yalata and Oak Valley Maralinga, and in partnership with Yalata Community Inc. It is also supported by Mr Yami Lester, Wallatinna.