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23.03.2016 – 09.04.2016

Janenne Eaton

time is impossible to fully value – the most comprehensive fence(s) ever erected in Australia: the act of colonisation “the natives were well pleased with our people until they began clearing the ground at which they wanted us to be gone.” – William Bradley, First lieutenant on the First Fleet ship Sirius. “when I left Port Jackson in 1788, the ground around Sydney Cove was covered in thick forest, but on my arrival at this time, I found it cleared to a considerable distance, and some good buildings erected”- John Hunter on his return to the colony in 1790 *see the history of clearing and fencing the land, stretching 5,536 km Australia’s famous dingo fence is the longest fence in the world…displaced, fleeing ruin and persecution….. RAAF to bomb Syria as refugees flood out NOPE NOPE NOPE subject to – the Australian fences that corral detained asylum seekers in inhumane conditions on Nauru and Manus Island reflect Australia’s infamous draconian off-shore asylum seeker policies SERCO Reza Barati, Bettnam Satah, Plaintiff M68, lock down Maribyrnong, not all fences are visible, see history: 1901 The White Australia policy 1905 Western Australia Aborigines Act. cyber surveillance, invisible fences are ‘administrative fences’…..the implications are thoroughly incorporeal Australian Border Force Act, fencing – to evade direct answers – on water matters Morrison and Dutton – Duck and Swerve
Janenne Eaton is a Melbourne based artist. From 1999 to 2012 she was Head of the Painting Programme at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne. She holds a Diploma of Art & Design, Caulfield Institute of Technology; a BA in Archaeology and Art History, The Australian National University and an MA, RMIT.Janenne’s practice incorporates painting, photography, installation and video. Her works have been exhibited extensively in, ARI’s, museums and commercial galleries nationally and internationally. Studies and fieldwork in archaeology have been influential in the direction her work has taken since the mid 1980’s. Her artistic explorations have centred on the movements of peoples across time and space, and the historical traces that record strategies towards social, cultural and environmental adaptations. Recent works explore the impact of the ICT revolution, its generation of a new ‘digital ecology’ and its impact on our relationship to time and space.

Current and recent exhibitions of her work include: 8thAsia Pacific Triennial, GOMA, Brisbane 2015-16; Black, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2016; Reef, Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra, 2015; “priNT@CDU” Charles Darwin University, NT 2016; Pictures at an exhibition, West Space, Melbourne 2013; Reading the Space: Contemporary Australian Drawing #2, New York Studio School, NY, 2013



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