A unique union of microscopic imagery and Indigenous artistry will be launched at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum on Thursday 7 June, and Biotext is proud to sponsor the collaboration.
Stories and Structures – New Connections is a project of Microscopy Australia (formerly the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility) in which Indigenous artists connect with images from electron micrographs. After months of work by Indigenous artists from diverse parts of Australia – including Alice Springs, Tasmania and the Torres Strait Islands – the exhibition will debut at the Vivid Sydney festival.
The sold-out event, entitled ‘60 000 years of tradition meet the microscopic world’, is part of the Vivid ‘Ideas’ program. The official exhibition launch will take place at 7.30pm, directly after this event.
‘This innovative juxtaposition of microscopic images with responsive new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks reveals powerful similarities between the visual depiction of Indigenous stories in art and the microscopic structures hidden in our natural world,’ Microscopy Australia said.
The Vivid event will feature three Aboriginal speakers, art curator, Djon Mundine, immunologist, Misty Jenkins, and author Bruce Pascoe. They will speak about the exhibition’s themes and its aim to encourage more Indigenous students to take up careers in science.
Exhibition curator, Dr Jenny Whiting, Marketing and Business Development Manager of Microscopy Australia, said it’s been exciting to bring such a unique exhibition together, showcasing the ‘wonderfully distinctive styles of so many artists and their relationships with the inherent beauty of the micrographs.
Biotext Managing Director, Dr Richard Stanford, said he is looking forward to seeing the array of art works.
‘The samples we’ve seen so far have shown a striking merging of the scientific with the creative, and we think this is one of the most effective ways to prompt people to engage with science in new ways.
‘We believe in the importance of this distinctive exhibition, which we hope will inspire people to look at the natural world, our approach to science and our country’s culture and traditions, with fresh eyes,’ he said.
The exhibition will tour Australia, taking in regional centres across several states and territories. More details will soon be available on the Stories and Structures – New Connections Facebook page.