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Institute of Modern Art and Qut Art Museum

Frontier Imaginaries

TOM NICHOLSONScenes for an Archipelago2015–16, Twelve unsynchronised HD videos and sixty-five resin-cast diorama figurines. 

Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

At a time when discussions of power relations are increasingly positioned at the intersection of culture and geography, the term “frontier” has seen a revival. Replete with romantic and bureaucratic connotations, the word was originally used to describe advancing lines of non-indigenous occupation before they became fixed as borders. In today’s world, the linear time and territorial character…

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