Image: Damien Shen, Never Venture, Never Win, 2020, etched tin type, 4×5 inches. Image courtesy of MARS Gallery.
A warrior rides across ancestral lands, inscribing his rightful path. An ecologist gathers samples, tracing mineral deposits in decay. An alchemist taps transient points of entry to a forgotten site, threading its ephemeral stories.
Curated by Aimee Board, Traces Unseen features three artists surfacing and inscribing hidden histories of bodies and places. In his series of tintypes, Damien Shen responds to archives documenting his rich heritage of mainland China and the Ngarrindjeri peoples of South Australia. Todd Johnson studies the psychogeography of place, collaborating with Lake Burley Griffin by submerging negatives in its waters. And with her pinhole solagraphic works, Tara Gilbee conducts a forensic digital tracing of a quarantine site.