On Fire: Climate and Crisis


30 Jan –
20 Mar 2021

Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm

Ground Floor
Institute of Modern Art
420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Qld 4000
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On Fire: Climate and Crisis profiles contemporary Queensland art in a time of significant ecological change. It situates this analysis during the emergence of the Pyrocene – the fire equivalent of an ice age, the theory of fire historian Stephen Pyne.

One year on from Black Summer, the work of fifteen emerging, established, and posthumous artistic voices frame an understanding of this new era within this exhibition, and related themes of global warming and climate threat in Queensland.

Looking to the past, present, and future terrain of this situation, the exhibition analyses the damaging legacies of colonialism, how artists visualize experiences of connection/disconnection with the environment, and the burgeoning Indigenous cultural fire movement.

For more information head to the Institute of Modern Art website.


Tim Riley Walsh is a Brisbane-based curator and art historian. Riley Walsh is Australia Desk Editor for Art Asia Pacific, Hong Kong, and a post-thesis fellow within the School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland. He is the co-editor of Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings (2020, Power Publications, Sydney, and Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane) and has written widely for Art Asia PacificFriezeArt Monthly AustralasiaArt + AustraliaEyelineApolloRunway, and Artlink

Riley Walsh has previously worked in gallery management, communications, and programming roles at Milani Gallery, Brisbane; Camden Arts Centre, London; and the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.


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