On the occasion of the exhibition Dale Harding: Through a lens of visitation at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), artists Dale and Kate Harding, descendents of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples of Western and Central Queensland; Gunditjmara artist Hayley Millar Baker; and MADA Associate Professor Tara McDowell met in the MUMA galleries to speak about the relationship between mothering and art. Mothering has become more visible as a subject and condition of contemporary art—a visibility apparent in Kate Harding’s strong presence in the exhibition through a series of exquisite quilts, and in Millar Baker’s photographic practice. Speaking about mothering is in some sense a response to our current catastrophic moment and increased calls for modes of care and relationality that resist the extractive logic of capitalism, patriarchy and colonialism. As Kimberley Moulton, a Yorta Yorta curator and writer notes, ‘Indigenous women and women of colour have been working against injustice for thousands of years. Matriarchs of communities have resisted, persisted and protected their own in the face of colonialism’.
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