LANDSTORY BY DANIE MELLOR.

2018, Diasec-mounted chromogenic print on metallic photographic paper, nine panels. Image courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries.

Intertwining past and present, Indigenous artist and Mamu/Ngadjon man Danie Mellor portrays the continual presence of Aboriginal people and their timeless connection to Country. The immense nine-panel photographic work combines the artist’s own infrared photographs of the dense Queensland rainforest with archival imagery from the same area. For Mellor, Landstory explores “ideas around the invisible, ideas of ancestral presence and spirituality … but also, very importantly, the beautiful landscape of the area”. Acquired by the National Gallery of Australia earlier this year, Landstory’s arrival was made possible through the Members Acquisition Fund 2019.

See this work, and the rest of the national collection, in Canberra.