Charlotte Day and Melissa Ratliff (editors)
'Tree Story' brings together creative practices from around the world to create a ‘forest’ of ideas relating to critical environmental and sustainability issues. At its foundation - or roots - are Indigenous ways of knowing and a recognition of trees as our ancestors and family. Produced to accompany a major international group exhibition and podcast, the reader connects tree stories across time and place.
Featuring varied contributions from thirty-three exhibiting artists and projects in a fully illustrated colour section - ranging from early 1970s environmental actions to plant communications - 'Tree Story' includes newly commissioned and republished texts from artists, activists, ecologists, scholars, curators and authors that foreground First Nations’ knowledges, reflect on the rights and agency of trees, explore notions of cultural heritage, reveal knowledge of tree networks and consider loss in times of climate emergency.
Together, the diverse contributions in 'Tree Story' pose the question: what can we learn from trees and the importance of Country?
About the Editors:
Charlotte Day is the director of Monash University Museum of Art. She has extensive curatorial and arts management experience having worked in contemporary art organisations including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) and Gertrude Contemporary (all Melbourne), and as guest curator for the The Anne Landa Award (2013), Adelaide Biennial (2010), TarraWarra Biennial (2008) and Australian Pavilion for Venice Biennale (2005 and 2007).
Melissa Ratliff is Curator Research at Monash University Museum of Art. She has worked independently and institutionally on exhibition, public programming, publication and editorial projects, including at the Biennale of Sydney (2015–18), Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg (2013–14), dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel (2010–12) and the 16th and 17th Biennale of Sydney (2007–10).
Dimensions: H 24cm x W 16cm
Publisher: Monash University Publishing
Publication Date: 2021
Number of Pages: 216