Looking to Cassim Island photo by Leon DN May 1, 2017
Two Island Tribute
Curated by Jo Kaspari
Frank Moran Memorial Hall Gallery, QUT-KG-Z11 Gona Parade, Kelvin Grove
EXHIBITION / 17 July – 22 July 2017, 10am-5pm
CLOSING EVENT / 21 July 2017, 6pm
Cassim and Sandy Island have sands that travel east to west. Both are tiny and vulnerable due to their proximity to potential shoreline developments.
The unique ecologies of each island sustain a myriad of organisms above and below water and are eco systems critical to the interconnected habitats of Quandamooka, Moreton Bay.
The photo, film and audio recordings in this exhibition elucidate the environmental, economic, aesthetic and cultural value of these islands and include audio recordings of Uncle Bob Anderson. Central to the exhibition is its curatorial philosophy, which articulates a contemporary ecological art that is discursive in nature and communicates local environmental imperatives.
The images above are of Cassim Island at dawn as seen through the eyes of a 15-year-old, whose feet were buried deep in a mud so rich in microbes only a waterbird would know how to truly love it. The new Toondah Harbour revised redevelopment plans would see this intertidal zone under concrete. These photos look to the mainland’s bunya pines and the lights of Toondah Harbour and its ferries, waking birds in flight, a gathering of local perennial inhabitants- spoonbill and heron. The understanding of the Bay as having many islands is elucidated in the little peaks of muddy islands in the still water looking to the dawn sun rising over Minjerriba, the broken shell sand, and mangrove soldiers standing tall; mangroves and the channel coursing between the two land masses of Cassim.