Linda Tegg with Vivienne Hansen
A Perth Festival Commission
Wetland by Linda Tegg, in consultation with Balladong Whadjuk woman Vivienne Hansen, is a key commission leading the Perth Festival’s Visual Arts Program. This experiential artwork broadens Linda’s practice of assembling plant communities within the built environment and Vivienne’s practice of developing and sharing her unique knowledge of indigenous medicinal plants.
Once a thriving nexus of consumer culture, Carillon City awaits a new occupation. As Festival audiences navigate the emptied arcade, they encounter a wetland that has quietly reclaimed the space. Visitors are invited to join the active plant community, reminiscent of the brackish swamplands that once lined the foreshores of the Swan River. A waterbody creates a new platform for connecting people and plants in a shared condition.
Linda Tegg is an Australian artist who makes work out of inhabiting and reconfiguring the conditions of spectatorship. Her work explores the world as natural made cultural (and cultural made natural again) through her ecological interventions. Within her immersive installations, plants, animals, images and the built environment are brought into unlikely proximities to generate new points of orientation and relation. This speculative work questions the impulses and methods used to frame the world as resource and seeks new forms of coexistence. Linda’s artwork engages with cultural institutions as well as public space and has been widely exhibited in Australia, the United States, and Europe. In 2018, Tegg was the Co-Creative Director, with Baracco+Wright Architects, of Repair, the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Vivienne ‘Binyarn’ Hansen is a Balladong Wadjuk Yorga woman from the Bibbulmun Nation, or Noongar people, of the south-west of Western Australia. After a childhood of learning about traditional medicine, Vivienne undertook formal training at the Marr Mooditj Foundation and completed Certificate IV in Bush and Western Herbal Medicine. She was also the first Indigenous member of the National Herbalist Association of Australia and presented at the 7th International Conference on Herbal Medicine in 2010. Vivienne is passionate about Noongar language and culture and engages in select opportunities to share her knowledge.
|Time & Location||
Fri 9 Feb – Sun 3 Mar
Main entrance to exhibition is via stairs off Hay Street.
Accessible entrance to exhibition as listed in Accessibility notes.
- Linda Tegg, 'Adjacent Field', Milan, 2019, installation view. Courtesy the artist