AN EXHIBITION BY RAE BEGLEY
'AND THEN NOTHING TURNED ITSELF INSIDE OUT'
OPENING NIGHT: THURSDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2017, 6-10PM
EXHIBITION RUNS: 2-5 NOVEMBER 2017, 10AM-6PM DAILY
COMMUNE: 901 BOURKE STREET, WATERLOO
Solo exhibition AND THEN NOTHING TURNED ITSELF INSIDE OUT by Sydney artist Rae Begley explores glacial decline in sacred Himalayas through major new works to be shown at COMMUNE in Waterloo this November.
Exquisitely detailed landscape photographs, video, sound and installation works document majestic mountain peaks of complex beauty under threat. Human interference in the motherland of the Sherpa is unleashing the fury of the mountain gods.
The body of work was captured at Ngozumpa Glacier and Gokyo Lake in Nepal in 2016 and the artist intends for their soaring beauty to be preserved through the making of the work, to become historical documents in the timeline of climate change.
Set below the sixth highest mountain in the world Cho Oyu, the Ngozumpa Glacier is the longest glacier in the Himalayas located in the Khumbu region. Glacial melt was once slow, the movement of the ice measured in many years, often centuries. In recent decades, the Nepali Himalayas are warming significantly and the Ngozumpa Glacier is showing signs of shrinking, thinning and the ice is rapidly melting; it’s as if time is literally flowing away.
Begley’s practice is focused primarily on the purity of medium format and 35mm film photography and the silver gelatin printing process. All the works were shot hand held and intended for viewing large scale and in real life (as opposed to digitally) to communicate the depth of her subjects. The body of work also includes the use of an iPhone 6s to capture video, Nepali sounds that have been reinterpreted to create a sound enlightenment work in collaboration with Sydney’s Erik Omen, and a signature photography work captured at Gokyo Lake.
AND THEN NOTHING TURNED ITSELF INSIDE OUT is the first instalment in a study of glaciers and an exploration of their decline in sacred mountain landscapes.
The artist will be donating a percentage of the sales from the exhibition to Ice Stupa Artificial Glacier to assist with their work fighting climate change and melting glaciers by the creation of artificial ‘ice stupa’ glaciers.http://icestupa.org/
Image Credit: Rae Begley, The End, 2017, archival pigment print from the exhibition And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out