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Peta Clancy is a descendent of the Bangerang Nation from the Murray Goulburn area south-eastern Australia. Her photographic work explores hidden histories of colonisation, events which threatened the survival of her ancestors. She aims to bring to light these hidden histories in a contemporary setting. In 2018, Clancy collaborated with the Dja Dja Wurrung community to explore unmarked and unacknowledged massacres sites on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Central Victoria. Clancy spent a year responding to a site now submerged underwater; seeing this as a metaphor for the denial of the history of frontier violence in Australia. Through a process of cutting and layering, the resulting large format photographic series Undercurrent draws out hidden histories and reveals the cultural and emotional scars that resonate from the past through to the present.
From 8 August – 8 November 2020 Undercurrent is presented for the first time on Dja Dja Wurrung Country as part of the exhibition The Burning World at Bendigo Art Gallery. Featuring four large scale photographic prints and an expansive 14m wallpaper and immersive soundscape recorded underwater at the massacre site. For the Bendigo Art Gallery exhibition of Undercurrent, Clancy has worked closely with Dja Dja Wurrung artist and curator Natasha Carter who has selected a suite of 19th century paintings and works on paper from Bendigo Art Gallery’s historic collection that depict her ancestral land through a Euro-centric lens and hang in conversation with Clancy’s work.