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Artist Talk | John Mateer

Published on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 at 3:58:12 PM

Hear human stories of language, community and history in this Artist Talk with West Australian author John Mateer. John will be delivering a floor talk about his book 'The Quiet Slave' which is currently available to hear in our first floor exhibition 'Spaced 2: future recall'.

We are excited to welcome him to Geraldton!

5:30-6:30PM. Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, 24 Chapman Rd Geraldton.

//About the project
Conceived over a two-year period in the rural town of Katanning, and on the Cocos-Keeling Islands, 'The Quiet Slave' is a contemporary art installation and research project in the form of a book. The book is a historically accurate fiction set on the Indian Ocean islands during the 19th Century.

The story describes the first years of settlement on the Cocos-Keeling Islands, located between Perth and Sri Lanka, through the eyes of Rosie, a Malay slave belonging to the controversial Englishman Alexander Hare. Uncovering the origins of the Malay community of the Cocos-Keeling Islands, the project restores a sense of its place both in the history of the South-East Asian slave trade and the British Empire.

//About the Artist
John Mateer was born South Africa and lives in Perth. He is a writer and curator, and his work includes essays, books of poems and Semar’s Cave, a prose travelogue on Indonesia. For two decades he has published criticism on contemporary art.

//More info

Image courtesy the artist and Spaced.

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