The term ‘cross-mending’ refers to the archaeological process of piecing together fragments of objects that have been dispersed across a site. Through cross-mending, archaeologists can uncover information not only about the fragmented object, but about the history of a specific site. The exhibition takes ‘cross-mending’ as its title to describe how we make meaning from the past; what we inherit and learn from those who have gone before us; how we honour and celebrate them; and how we go forward. The exhibition acknowledges and values a multiplicity of voices that speak to the past, present and future. Through painting, drawing, video and sculpture, the exhibition will explore ideas surrounding denied or forgotten family histories, the nature of identity, the role of women, female empowerment, maternal relationships, colonial history, queer history and migratory experiences.

Artists: Robert Andrew, Christopher Bassi, Hannah Brontë, Jessica Enkera, Callum McGrath, Sancintya Mohini Simpson and Athena Thebus.

Curated by Lisa Bryan-Brown, Katherine Dionysius and Amy-Clare McCarthy,

Outer Space, Brisbane: 24 November – 15 December
Exhibition Catalogue with curator essay and additional texts by  Leah King Smith and Hilary Thurlow

Exhibition documentation by Charlie Hillhouse

1aforeground: Callum McGrath, on wall: Chris Bassi

1bforeground: Callum McGrath, left to right: Chris Bassi, Robert Andrew, Jessica Enkera, Hannah Brontë

1cleft to right: Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Hannah Brontë

1dleft to right: Hannah Brontë, Callum McGrath

1deforeground: Hannah Brontë, Evie, 2018
left to right: Callum McGrath, Chris Bassi

1eeCallum McGrath, 1897-1991 (detail), 2018

1fChris Bassi, Black Palm, 2018

1gChris Bassi, Black Palm, 2018

2aRobert Andrew, Indivisible, 2018

2bleft to right: Robert Andrew, Jessica Enkera

2cJessica Enkera, 2018

2dSancintya Mohini Simpson, Sugar Cane and Plantation, 2018

2eSancintya Mohini Simpson, Sugar Cane, 2018

13Athena Thebus, Deep Water Dream Girl, 2018

14Athena Thebus, Deep Water Dream Girl, 2018