Through varied photographic processes, Planetary Gardening examines symbiotic relationships between the cultural and the chemical, the organic and the technological, and the agency of human and non-human actors.
Bringing together the work of ten mid-career and established artists working nationally and internationally, the works explore how artists have tended to the ecologies of the environment, society, and subjectivity, and considers the effects of our collective cultivation compulsions in shaping our planet and ourselves.
Artists: Suzanne Treister, Robyn Stacey, Merilyn Fairskye, Renata Buziak, Dornith Doherty, Anaïs Tondeur, Janet Laurence, @san_kaido, Melanie Bonajo, Joe Hamilton.
Ashley Lumb is a curator based in Sydney. She holds an MA in the History of Photography from the Uni. St. Andrews, and recently worked as a researcher at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. She has also worked at the Macleay Museum, British Museum, and Autograph ABP in a curatorial capacity, and founded Hemera Collective and the London & New York Photography Diaries.
Laura McLean is a curator and writer based in Sydney. A graduate of the MFA in Curating program at Goldsmiths College, Uni. London, she has curated projects for the Maldives Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale; UNESCO, Paris; MuseumsQuartier, Vienna; and Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, among others. She is currently an editor of Runway Australian Experimental Art magazine.