Fragments Shored Against the Ruins

Friday 8 December 2017

By Ashley Lumb

About this Curation

Bluethumb Photography is pleased to present its first photography exhibition in our studio space in Melbourne. Coinciding with the launch of Bluethumb Photography, a curated online gallery for Australian fine art photographers.

'Fragments Shored Against the Ruins' considers waste as an aesthetic phenomenon. Here, waste points to a kind of loss, a void, something obsolete. In the last few years, Australia has seen several photography galleries close their doors. With the loss of these generative spaces, we also stand to lose part of the history and identity unique to these creative communities. How can we revive, sustain, and expand photography in Australia, if physical spaces are dwindling?

Curated by Ashley Lumb and Chloe Hazelwood

Dates: 1st -10th December (1 Dec: 6-9pm, 2, 3, 9, 10 Dec: 10-5pm, 4-8 Dec by appointment only)
Opening reception: 1st December, 6-9pm

81 Sackville Street, Melbourne, Australia

Artists: Aaron Bradbrook, Bindi Cole Chocka, Emilio Cresciani, Merilyn Fairskye, Robin Friend, Mike Gray, Tim Handfield, Naomi White

‘Fragments Shored Against the Ruins’ is a line from T.S. Eliot’s seminal modernist poem The Waste Land. The poem was published in 1922, written at a moment of disturbing parallel to the present, one of great disillusionment with the state of the world culturally, politically, and individually.

This exhibition examines complex issues of waste and consumption through the work of eight artists. It begs us to think about the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the products we buy and the enormous amount of waste that we generate, all of which damage and deplete precious natural resources. As our consumptive hunger increases, so too does our carbon footprint.

Diverse in nature, the works in this show bring attention to the greatest challenge facing humankind today: environmental sustainability. We shaped our past and are driving the present. Can we build our future responsibly?

About the Curator

Ashley is an American curator and art historian and has an M.Litt in the History of Photography from the University of St. Andrews. She has worked as a Curatorial Assistant for the British Museum and as a Research Affiliate at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. Since 2012 she has been independently curating photography exhibitions in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia with her curatorial collective Hemera. She is also the founder of the London and New York Photography Diaries.