TERRA: Memory + Soil
pry beneath Earth’s skin,
and you will find her
silent heart beating.
she lies dormant,
awaiting the curious ear,
that listens forwards and back,
along each curling root.
shrouded by silken soil,
woven by the hand of memory,
you will find her,
in ghostly ossification.
— Victoria Pham
3 Sep – 16 Oct 2022
Co-commissioned by West Space Gallery, Centre for Projection Art and Liquid Architecture
TERRA: Memory & Soil, is an immersive installation project combining sound, biological-sculpture, architecture and projection. A collaboration between artists Victoria Pham and Joel Spring bring critical interdisciplinary positions within their respective disciplines of evolutionary biology and architecture, bringing vastly different insights into notions of the built environment, history and legacies of colonialism. The artists’ seek to interrogate how we remember our past landscapes by transforming gallery spaces into immersive gardens. Their mission is to place indigenous knowledge and diasporic narratives in a central position for knowledge production, cultural exchange and story-telling.
TERRA: Memory & Soil was supported through a residency facilitated by Centre for Projection Art. This facilitated mentorship of Betty Seargent and Yandell Walton for artist Victoria Pham. This project is supported by Arts Council England through their Developing Your Creative Practice fund, City of Yarra and the Victorian Nurseries Co-Op.
Curated by Sebastian Henry Jones
Public Programming Support by Centre for Projection Art and Debris Facility
Publication Support by Liquid Architecture, Liang Luscombe (Editor of Disclaimer Journal)
Installation team by Jacob Raupach and Kenneth Suico
Projection and Films: Victoria Pham
Soundscape Composition and Design: Victoria Pham
Plant and bio-design: Victoria Pham
Planter Design: Joel Spring + Victoria Pham
IMAGES OF INSTALLATION: Janelle Lowe
IMAGES OF PUBLIC PROGRAM: Kenneth Suico
media and publications
Thursday 13 October, 2022
Produced by Liquid Architecture
Extending the exhibition TERRA: Memory & Soil through an evening of lively music, performance, poetry, projection, sonics, affects, and hospitality as guest curated by Victoria Pham in collaboration with Debris Facility.
WHELK (MANISHA ANJALI + GENEVIVE FRY)
COLLINGWOOD YARDS COURTYARD
Projection by Victoria Pham of TERRA - also reshown on December the 8th MONOPOLY