State Library of South Australia

Unsettled – colonial ruin in the Flinders Ranges

Date: 21 March 2016

Artists Grayson Cooke and Dea Morgain are partnering with the State Library of South Australia to hold an exhibition in 2017. The project, Unsettled, looks at colonial ruin in the Flinders Ranges. It uses State Library images and documents to question the stories we as Australians tell ourselves about our colonial past. The exhibition will include archival images, media art, and documentary interviews with Adnyamathanha people and other residents of the Flinders Ranges.

Royal Victoria Hotel in Beltana in 1900 B 64279 and now
Royal Victoria Hotel in Beltana in 1900 [B 64279] and now

To bring this fascinating exhibition to Adelaide the artists need your help. They have received MATCH funding from the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF), so every dollar donated to their crowdfunding campaign will be matched by the ACF, up to $10,000.

To hear artist Grayson Cooke talk about the project, to view the crowdfunding campaign or to donate visit Unsettled - Crowdfunding campaign.

Mount Serle Station Flinders Ranges

Mount Serle Station, Flinders Ranges. Photo by Grayson Cooke, image courtesy of Terence Coulthard, Iga Warta.

This project is a partnership between the artists, State Library of South Australia (SLSA) and the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA). One of the SLSA collections the artists are working with is the Mountford-Sheard Collection, which contains incredible images taken by Charles Mountford in Nepabunna Mission in the 1930s. These images have rarely been shown and Grayson and Dea are working with SLSA and ATLA to bring them to light.

We have an Instagram account full of beautiful images and to stay in touch connect with us on Facebook - UnsettledFlinders.


Story by: Grayson Cooke, Associate Professor of Media, South Cross University, NSW

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