EVA FERNANDEZ | ARTIST

Dark Swan

Contemporary Tales of the Gothic Antipodean
2018 | 7 September - 5 October
PSAS - Pakenham Street Art Centre
22 Pakenham St, Fremantle

Dark Swan – Contemporary Tales of the Gothic Antipodes’, examines an aesthetic of Australian Gothic Romanticism in relation to the real and imagined history and landscape of Western Australia, through a series of conceptual and atmospheric visual art, performance, music, costume and film experiences.

A contemporary re-imagining of the romanticism of the Victorian age in which WA’s identity emerged is explored through works relating to Fremantle’s colonial architecture, historical characters and material culture. Ghosts such as Moondyne Joe are brought to life, as are unusual imaginings of local convict-era architecture; the Fremantle Prison, Roundhouse and Lunatic Asylum (Fremantle Arts Centre).

‘Dark Swan’ presents WA artists’ responses to notions of the mysterious and uncanny; exploring the dark subconscious in relation to Australia's landscape and history, examining the spiritual awe perceived to emanate from the Australian landscape and embracing the part of the human psyche that finds beauty in darkness.

This project is supported by the City of Fremantle.

Dark Swan

Contemporary Tales of the Gothic Antipodean
2018 | 7 September - 5 October
PSAS - Pakenham Street Art Centre
22 Pakenham St, Fremantle

Dark Swan – Contemporary Tales of the Gothic Antipodes’, examines an aesthetic of Australian Gothic Romanticism in relation to the real and imagined history and landscape of Western Australia, through a series of conceptual and atmospheric visual art, performance, music, costume and film experiences.

A contemporary re-imagining of the romanticism of the Victorian age in which WA’s identity emerged is explored through works relating to Fremantle’s colonial architecture, historical characters and material culture. Ghosts such as Moondyne Joe are brought to life, as are unusual imaginings of local convict-era architecture; the Fremantle Prison, Roundhouse and Lunatic Asylum (Fremantle Arts Centre).

‘Dark Swan’ presents WA artists’ responses to notions of the mysterious and uncanny; exploring the dark subconscious in relation to Australia's landscape and history, examining the spiritual awe perceived to emanate from the Australian landscape and embracing the part of the human psyche that finds beauty in darkness.

This project is supported by the City of Fremantle.

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