State Library of South Australia

Frédéric Mouchet: The South Australia of the French explorers - photographic exhibition

Date: 8 June 2016 to 14 August 2016

Time: 10am to Varies

Location: Treasures Wall, first floor Spence Wing

Note: Free entry

Frederic Mouchet Cape du Couedic Flinders Chase National Park Kangaroo Island 2015
Frédéric Mouchet, ‘Cape du Couedic, Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island’, 2015

In the 18th and 19th centuries the French explored the spectacular coastline of Australia. Now over 200 years later, French photographer Frédéric Mouchet has retraced their steps to capture the environment not unlike what the seafaring explorers originally saw.

On display for the first time in Australia, see these stunning contemporary photographs of Kangaroo Island, Encounter Bay - Victor Harbor, Spencer Gulf and Great Australian Bight.

Mouchet's work draws a parallel between his contemporary photographs and the historical drawings showing the Aboriginal people, Australian fauna and flora the explorers encountered. View examples of such drawings from the collections of the State Library as part of the complementary exhibition, Chance encounter - French Influence in South Australia.

View the Library's open hours for this exhibit.

This exhibition is proudly supported by the Embassy of France in Australia, Atkins Photo Lab, Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide and Creative France SA.

Exhibition events

The State Library is hosting a range of complementary events for this exhibition, click on the links below to view more details of each.

Artist Floor Talk, presented by Frédéric Mouchet
9 June at 11am & 6pm

In the Frame, presented by Paul Atkins
14 June at 1pm

Why grow Camellias?, presented by Dianne Hall
17 June at 2pm

French Scientific Voyaging to Australia in Times of Revolution, presented by Professors Jean Fornasiero and John West-Sooby
9 August at 6pm

The Perils of Adventure, presented by Captain Nicolas Baudin (aka Michael Mills)
14 August at 11am, 1pm & 2:30pm

Watch a clip of the artist talking about his exhibition

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