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Title

Darling Darling

2020

Artist

Gabriella Hirst

Australia

1990 –

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  • Details

    Date
    2020
    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    two channel HD video, colour, stereo sound, gilded SD card
    Dimensions
    display dimensions variable
    Signature & date

    Signed Certificate of authenticity l.l corner, blue ink "Gabriella Hirst". Dated lower c., printed black ink "August 3, 2021".

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2021
    Location
    Photography gallery
    Accession number
    129.2021
    Copyright
    © Gabriella Hirst
    Artist information
    Gabriella Hirst

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Gabriella Hirst’s Darling Darling 2021 is a gentle, contemplative video that traces two parallel histories. On one side of this dual-channel work, we encounter various sites on Barkindji Country, filmed cinematically from dawn to dusk under the close guidance of Barkindji Elder Uncle Badger Bates. The landscape here, around the area now known as Bourke, is critically drought-affected. The waterways of the Baarka (Darling River) are near-empty.

    On the other side, we encounter a different world altogether. The second channel reveals the regimes of care undertaken by the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ painting conservators to restore WC Piguenit’s The flood in the Darling 1890 1895. The flood in the Darling 1890 is a major work in the Gallery’s Australian art collection. The care and attention directed towards this painting stands in stark contrast to the neglect and exploitation of the Baarka. With sound from each location bleeding across the two channels, Hirst converges the two narratives to question why a painting is provided with more care than an ancient, sentient waterway.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition