Laki’s video explores tactile engagement with corrosive and crystalline qualities of salt through the imagery of dancer Gretel Taylor’s body immersed in sites in the Murray Darling region.
Drone footage of the site-responsive dance reveals the vast context of the whitened decimated landscape. Scourge suggests salinity and other ecological imbalances in this region parallel the other ‘scourge of whiteness’ since colonisation. It laments our greed and insensitivity to the ecologies that have sustained millennia.
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Laki Sideris has presented his work in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia, including the Centre of Contemporary Photography, Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Gold Coast Art Centre and Tweed River Art Gallery. He was twice featured artist at Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival. He has been a finalist in numerous awards, including the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize CCP Documentary Photography Award, Josephine Ulrick Photographic & Win Schubert Award and Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture.
Gretel Taylor is a dancer, curator and researcher based in Naarm/Melbourne and Corhanwarrabul/ Dandenong Ranges. She has performed extensively as a solo artist, in collaborative contexts and facilitating community-based projects. Her performance and curatorial work is often site-responsive, inviting audience-participants’ immersion in place and activating decolonizing and ecological themes.
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