Violent Salt

6 December 2019 to 26 January 2020

Violent Salt brings together contemporary artists from across Australia representing diverse cultural heritage. Co-curated by Yhonnie Scarce and Claire Watson, the exhibition reflects on the experiences of the marginalised, the underrepresented and the silenced. The exhibition discusses issues surrounding racism and discrimination against First Nations peoples and minority groups as well as the lack of respect for, and desecration of culture and the natural environment. Violent Salt invites artists to speak their truths about these experiences and offers an opportunity for understanding and connection, whilst seeking to celebrate and honour Australia’s unique multiculturalism and landscape.

The city of Mackay was the starting point for the exhibition and its themes. Its history of blackbirding directly speaks to the forgotten, neglected and exploited people of Australia. The works presented in Violent Salt reflect on a social, physical and geographical landscape that has been witness to violence and oppression. It questions how we can repair deep wounds, re-connect across culture and assert and celebrate cultural identities meaningfully and transformatively.

The featured artists are: Abdul Abdullah (NSW), Vernon Ah Kee (QLD), Richard Bell (QLD), Daniel Boyd (NSW), Megan Cope (QLD), Karla Dickens (NSW), S.J. Norman (VIC), Yhonnie Scarce (VIC/SA) and Jemima Wyman (QLD).

Violent Salt is an Artspace Mackay Touring Exhibition co-curated by Yhonnie Scarce and Claire Watson


An interview with Violent Salt co-curators Yhonnie Scarce and Claire Watson.

Introduction to Violent Salt, an Artspace Mackay touring exhibition.

Violent Salt artist talks about her installation RE FORMATION part 2.

Share this page

Main image: Abdul Abdullah, For we are young and free  2017, Manual embroidery , 126 x 108 cm, Darebin Art Collection.