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Detached is proud to support new work by Anne Ferran exhibited in:

Anne Ferran: the ground, the air
12 December 2008 - 22 February 2009
Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Galleries 1-4

This is the first major Tasmanian exhibition of the work of Australian artist Anne Ferran. Incorporating photo media, video and installation, The ground, the air sees Ferran draw upon Tasmanian sites and archives to explore how the past haunts the present.

New TMAG Exhibition Reveals Tasmania’s Convict Past< o:p>

A new art exhibition that takes an insightful look into Tasmania’s convict past opens at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery today.

The ground, the air is an exhibition by highly regarded Australian artist Anne Ferran.

It uses contemporary photo media techniques to recall a vanished past and consider the gaps in knowledge of Australian history from colonial times.

Ferran’s particular focus is on the lives of Tasmanian convict women and their children.

Curator of the exhibition, Craig Judd—former senior curator of Art at TMAG—said this exhibition was particularly important for Tasmania.

"This exhibition has a particular resonance for Tasmania. Many of the works document charged locations such as the Female Factory or Houses of correction at Ross and South Hobart," Mr Judd said.

"There is video, installation and photography to make us think about just what we know and understand about our history."

"It’s been a pleasure working with the artist on this exhibition—Anne Ferran is a philosopher and scholar as well as an extraordinary artist," he said.

Ferran has created two new works, specific to Tasmania, for the exhibition.

One of the works is a collection of photographs, silk screened onto aluminium panels, that makes use of history sites and archives, to explore how the past haunts the present.

Director of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Bill Bleathman, said the exhibition was only possible due to a partnership with the University of Tasmania.

"This excellent exhibition is the third in a collaboration between TMAG and the University of Tasmania," Mr Bleathman said.

"It’s thoroughly researched and presents Tasmanians with a different view of colonial times that is often forgotten," he said.