Dale Harding & Steve Kemp
14 February 2019
Join artist Dale Harding (Bidjara, Garingbal and Ghungalu peoples) in conversation with Steve Kemp (Ghungalu peoples), a traditional medicine specialist from Woorabinda in Central Queensland.
Kemp continues the legacy that his father Tim Kemp created as a noted Ghungalu plants specialist, with his expertise in their traditional uses and in medicine. Harding and Kemp will discuss the interconnectedness of trees and other plants in Central and South-East Queensland; and how the legacy of such knowledges resist current forces of cultural and spiritual dispossession.
Current Iterations is the first survey exhibition of works by Brisbane-based artist Dale Harding. The exhibition brings together new and recent works by Harding, focusing on shared languages permeating landscape, bodies, and objects.
Harding has exhibited in Beautiful world, where are you?, the Liverpool Biennial (2018), Soon Enough: Art in Action and Art and shops, Tensta Konsthall (2018); From will to form, the TarraWarra Biennial (2018); Continental Drift, Cairns Art Gallery (2018); Documenta 14, Athens/Kassel (2017); The National: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2017); I refuse you my death, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2016); The Eight Climate (What Does Art Do?), 11th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea (2016); With Secrecy and Despatch, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney (2016); GOMA Q: Contemporary Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015); string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney.
Steve Kemp (Ghungalu) is the former mayor Woorabinda. He is currently finalising a primary school language program for Woorabinda, in which he has developed a full curriculum for each year level. Kemp continues the legacy of his father, another noted Ghungalu plants specialist.