Project Description


SGAR artist Megan Cope will feature in the upcoming exhibition ‘The Life of Lines’ at QUT Art Museum Saturday 14 May, opening 3.30pm – 8.00pm until 9 July.  The exhibition is one part of the first edition of Frontier Imaginaries; a new multi-platform project presented by the Institute of Modern Art and QUT Art Museum.

From the history of the ‘Brisbane Line’ to ecological lines such as the Great Barrier Reef, current urban/rural and digital divides, and across-sea borders to north pacific nations; Queensland is a region marked by a history and unique knowledge of the ‘life of lines’.  As a descendant from the Quandamooka region (North Stradbroke Island) in South East QLD, Megan’s art practice investigates decolonising methodologies, toponymy (the study of place names) and geomorphology (the study of the nature and history of landforms) of popular tourist destinations along the east coast of Australia.

Frontier Imaginaries will examine the frontier formation within the global era, Conceived by guest curator and QUT alumnus, Vivian Ziherl, through a one-year Institute of Modern Art Curatorial Fellowship. The ongoing project will draw together leading Australian and Indigenous artists such as Megan Cope, Gordon Hookey, Tom Nicholson, and Rachel O’Reilly, with international peers like Alice Cresicher and Wendelein Van Oldenborgh, to explore shared dialogues between Queensland arts and culture practices and globally significant trajectories.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the opening celebrations that will move between the IMA and QUT Art Museum exhibitions, please visit the QUT Art Museum and the Institute of Modern Art websites.

Helmut Newton, View of Distillation Unit through doorway of Amenities Block. ca. 1953 (detail). Institute of Modern Art (IMA) Brisbane.