Hospicing William Light

Sasha Grbich, A brick!, Ceramics, Variable


Ceramics, Installation, Mixed Media, Moving Image, Multimedia, Sound, Video
On Sunday October the 6th 1839, Colonel William Light died. He remains the only settler to be buried under the City of Adelaide, choosing for himself a plot where his memorial currently stands on Light Square. this installation includes a single channel video work shot on 16mm film and responding to Adelaide City and State Library Archives. Hospicing William Light approaches William Light as an unsettled ghost who needs to be let go. Here working with methods of hospicing provides a way to gently release and move on from colonial ancestors and the ways of knowing the world that they perpetuate.

The key archives being used include Colonial Light’s Last Journal (1939) in which he records the final year of his life. In this remarkable document he faithfully records the weather alongside descriptions of his deteriorating health. Entering the final month of his life, between the date he can no longer write and the date he dies, the video work investigates and instigates acts of letting go. The video includes sound and performance by choir 'Choral Grief' who will also perform at the exhibition launch in August 2023.

The video work Hospicing Colonel Light will be installed alongside a ceramic work made in response to the last brick from Colonel Light’s house. This beautifully clucky archival object – a seemingly ordinary red brick – is slip-cast to form an assemblage of fragile ceramic brick shells.

1-31 Aug
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
19 Sat 10am-4pm
Opening Event 01 Aug , 06:00 pm-08:00 pm
Adelaide Central Gallery
Glenside Cultural Precinct, 7 Mulberry Rd, Glenside
8299 7300
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