4 – 18 March, 2017

Curated by Danni Zuvela


ENTER WITH US: Maps are – everywhere, anywhere – essential to everyone, every day.  Maps are Google, satellites, territory, cadastre, empire and capital. But maps are also stories, and maps unlock more stories, some of which are true.

In this project, we asked three Gold Coast artists to consider the existing and former maps of this place as a platform to delve into personal, artistic and cultural imagination. Via the archive, conversation and experimental wayfinding, the artists have plotted new and old sites of significance onto their version of a common map of the Gold Coast today.

These maps form the basis of our exhibition, but they are only the beginning of the journey. We invite you to pick up a copy, and use it to explore, discover, remember, call out, listen, and get a little lost with us.

A woman of Ngugi and Quandamooka heritage, artist Libby Harward shares First Nations cultural ways of knowing and moving through country at Tallebudgera Creek and Jellurgal. Libby will lead a small group on an kayak tour of sites from her mapping process.

Arguably one of the Gold Coast’s most infamous artists, Scott Redford explores place-memory triggers fuelling early personal and creative encounters, including the “post-contemporary art” of the high-rises of Broadbeach.

Legendary showgirl, LGBTIQ trailblazer and a proud Gold Coaster for over a decade, Carlotta reflects on a history of performing, partying and glam-relaxing from Coolangatta to the Glitter Strip.

Gold Coast visual storyteller  Alex Chomicz documented, provoked and processed dialogues between the artists and their places. We present his video installation ENTER THE MAP with a special screening on opening night, including never-before-seen imagery and a special message from Stephen Fleay, son of Gold Coast conservationist and founder of Fleay’s Conservation Park, David Fleay.

With research focused on experimental practice, performance, sound, and society, Danni Zuvela is a curator living in Melbourne and the Gold Coast.

With thanks to the Yugambeh Museum; Jellurgal Cultural Centre; Gold Coast Local Studies Library; Gold Coast Heritage Hinterland Museum; State Library of Queensland; Queensland State Archives; Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying, Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens.

Special thanks to John Graham, Kate Heffernan, Karen Wright and Stephen Fleay.

THE WALLS acknowledges, supports and collaborates with the traditional owners of this land.

THE WALLS acknowledges the YUGAMBEH people, the traditional owners of the land on which we operate, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples on the Gold Coast today.

THE WALLS is supported by the City of Gold Coast through the Accelerate Triennial Grant Program.



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