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Image: Kambah Bogan Subburb – Bicycle, Louise Curham

Louise Curham: Kambah


Exhibition Showing: 20 January – 4 March 2023

Official Opening: Friday 3 February 6pm.

Public Program: Saturdays 4 February – 4 March, 1-4pm

Exhibition Statement:

Kambah is a suburb of Canberra that began in 1974. Kambah Station was subdivided and Village Creek went underground. Houses were built with a commons running through the middle. This exhibition explores Kambah through the eyes of those of us who live here. It investigates how a suburb that set out with utopian ambitions in the 1970s evolved to become famous as one of Australia’s biggest bogan suburbs. What does that mean in 2023, just before Kambah turns 50? What effect does it have on us as we prepare for challenges for communities from climate change?

The exhibition shares a digital map built from the community’s answers to the question ‘what do you know about Kambah that you think is important to share with others?’ Along side the map is a series of images of Kambah made using pinhole photography and cyanotypes. These are processes that take time and sunlight to record an image, very literal portraits of Kambah. Visitors to the exhibition can add to the digital map or join in a photography workshop. The aim is to show up what is valuable to those of us who live here and along the way, the diversity of who calls this place home (not just people, but everything/one else too) and what we might build together in the future. 

About Louise Curham:     

Louise’s practice crosses archives and art. She started out in film and along the way has worked across most media and in many collaborations. She focuses on old media and the lessons we can learn from it . Her work has often involved building communities. This project draws directly on her work in the archival art of ‘appraisal’, selecting what should be kept as archives. Instead Kambah residents, alumni and visitors are selecting the archive and the archive is not just old stuff, but also current stuff. Louise’s work has been shown in numerous venues across Australia and the region. Most recently she was part of the Canberra Art Biennial, Canberra’s SoundOut festival and the University of Canberra’s exhibition Upending Mending.

Public Program: Contribute to the Kambah People’s Map

WHEN: Saturdays 4 February – 25 February, 1-4pm

What do you know about Kambah that you think is important to share with others? Join this workshop to make an artwork or share your Kambah story on the Kambah Peoples’ Map. No experience needed, children welcome with their adults. We will use polaroid photography, cyanotypes and pinhole photography or you can share your Kambah story with me over a cuppa.

Closing Event

WHEN: Saturday 4 March, 1-4pm

Join Louise on the 4th March for a final exhibition event including food and a performance by a seniors choir! More details to come.

Exhibition acknowledgements:

Originally funded by an ArtsACT Homefront grant; supported by Louise Curham’s role as a lecturer in the Charles Sturt University School of Information and Communication Studies

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