Words – Julia Howland

Photos – J Forsyth

Omission, Linden Centre of Contemporary Arts, 26 Acland Street St Kilda. Saturday, 22 September 2012 – Sunday, 28 October 2012

I have to plead ignorance to much of Australia’s history. Going to school and growing up in the states, you learn about America, America’s history, and everything that has ever happened on American soil, with little emphasis on what’s been going on abroad. Its a very sad truth. So entering into Linden House to observe such a historically important exhibition was slightly overwhelming.

Linden House is grand and elegant. With high ceilings, large windows, and an elaborate landscape surrounding; you feel a sense of dignity when walking through the entrance. This diginity was mirrored and dressed upon the walls with nobility and poise. The work displayed was not the traditional Aboriginal art that I had grown accustom to, not the intricate tribal markings. This art fought back with blatant images of unrest and human discourse.

The list of well known artists displaying consisted of Bindi Cole, Reko Rennie, to name a few and has been curated by Glenn Iseger-Pilkington. The inspiring images consisted of paintings, photography, installations, and the like. By encapsulating a history of genocide and violence the artists also force us find peace within these works. Each artist allows us to feel the pain, condemn the ignorance, and push our thinking forward.