Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery will house Elena Korotkaia's exhibition Svalbard: The Land of Dreams
Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery will house Elena Korotkaia's exhibition Svalbard: The Land of Dreams Contributed

Vibrant new landscapes of magical exhibitions on show

GLADSTONE-based artist Elena Korotkaia presents a photographic collection exploring the landscape and traces of human activity on Svalbard, a remote Norwegian island located in the Arctic Ocean.

Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery will house Elena Korotkaia's exhibition Svalbard: The Land of Dreams from February 4 to March 16.

Banana Shire Mayor Nev Ferrier said Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery was proud to showcase the work of Central Queensland artists.

Svalbard has a very interesting history, from whaling to coal mining, to tourism and science.

Once no one's land, the island is now home to two distinct communities - Norwegian Longyearbyen and Russian Barentsburg, both based around coal mines.

Elena's work captures the extraordinary natural beauty of this place, while evoking thought on how humanity impacts nature through industry.

Even such a remote and beautiful place bears long-term consequences of this impact.

Svaldbard: The Land of Dreams will be on display in conjunction with a magical exhibition of unique Aboriginal artwork painted by the late Vincent Serico.

This indigenous artist has painted an excruciatingly personal journey of sorrow and survival for a moving posthumous exhibition.

Mayor Nev Ferrier said the art gallery was proud to share with residents and visitors Serico's moving collection of artworks.

Brisbane-based artist and Fireworks Gallery curator Michael Eather said Serico's work was an emotional tribute to his ancestors.

"For more than 40 years, Vincent interpreted the whispers, from both land and people, during his time in regional, remote and rural Queensland,” Mr Eather said.

"Through his artworks, he retained a deep commitment to the traditional stories, language and spiritual beliefs of his ancestors.”

This is the first major touring exhibition of Serico's work since his death in 2008.

Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery will house the Serico's artwork as part of the powerful Some People are Stories exhibition, which opened on February 4 and will close on March 16.


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