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Dale Harding

Born 1982 in Moranbah (Australia),
lives and works in Brisbane (Australia)

A descendent of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples, Dale Harding is particularly interested in their networks of cultural sites across Queensland, as well as his matrilineal heritage. He studies the social and political realities experienced by the Aboriginal Australians under government control and also focuses on the traditions sustained by the women, to fit them into a broader narrative and a cultural continuum. Specially devised for the Biennale, his project highlights the tensions within territories that are shared between various uses, traditions or cultures. The artist draws parallels between his ancestors’ territories, the former factory that houses his Brisbane studio and the Fagor factory. By gathering traces of these sites’ past uses according to colour, and then transforming them into site-specific paintings on walls and windows, he creates a common visual language that journeys through sp
ace and time.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body
With the support of l’Ambassade
d’Australie France

Dale Harding, Site Surveys / International Standard, 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste, de la Biennale de Lyon 2019 et (of the artist, the 2019 Lyon Biennale and) Gouvernement de l’Australie (Australia Government) à travers le Conseil australien pour les arts (Australia Council for the Arts) ; Milani Galery Brisbane. © Blaise Adilon