Please note Mosman Art Gallery is temporarily closed until further notice. A selection of works from Karla’s exhibition are available to view below. Please subscribe to Mosman Art Gallery’s e-newsletter or check back on this page for further updates.

Lismore-based Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens has partnered with Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian man Bruce Pascoe to create Mother’s Little Helper, a film project produced with Blacklock Media.

While we aren’t currently able to show you Karla’s video work in situ at the Gallery, please enjoy this online exhibition of video stills from her film work here. A special thanks to the artist Karla Dickens and Andrew Baker Gallery for facilitating this online presentation.

Karla Dickens, Mother's Little Helpers 1, 2019, Inkjet print, 67 x 120 cm

Karla Dickens, Mother's little helpers II, 2019, Inkjet print, 67 × 120 cm

Karla Dickens, Mother's little helpers III, 2019, Inkjet print, 67 × 120 cm

Karla Dickens, Mother's little helpers IV, 2019, Inkjet print, 67 × 120 cm

Karla Dickens, Mother's little helpers V, 2019, Inkjet print, 67 × 120 cm

Karla Dickens, Mother's little helpers VI, 2019, Inkjet print, 67 × 120 cm

Karla Dickens, Mother's little helpers VII, 2019, Inkjet print, 67 × 120 cm

All images reproduced with permission of the artist.

 

Artist Statement: 

‘As Indigenous Australians we connect with County and refer to the planet as Mother Earth. Recently a small group of First Nation Adults and children from different parts of Australia gathered in Bingara NSW to creative a visual story. Our short film speaks of our concerns and the importance of healing ‘The Mother’ with the help of our youth, who are our future and our only hope.

Known and respected for his great words Uncle Bruce Pascoe will not speak in this film - it is the as viewers responsibly to look hard, learn quick and listen deeply.

What will you see? What action will you take?’

Karla Dickens
Artist and Visual Story Teller

 

Artist Biography:

Karla Dickens is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist whose work discloses aspects of the nation’s history, while Bruce is an author, educator and farmer who in recent years has awakened Australians to the agricultural practices of pre-settlement Aboriginal people. In February 2019 Karla and Bruce embarked on a filming project with Blacklock Media. The filming has taken place in the landscapes surrounding the town of Bingara, which is in Gamilaaraay Country, and a number of Aboriginal students from Bingara Central School are participating in the project.

 

Karla Dickens, Mother’s Little Helper, 2019. Installation view, Three Views, by Mosman Art Gallery at the Amoured Casemates, Georges Head, January 2020 for Sydney Festival. Photo by Tim Connolly

 

Banner image: Karla Dickens, Mother's Little Helper, 2019, video still. 

 

When
Saturday 22 February - Sunday 17 May

Where
The Cube, Level 2, Mosman Art Gallery