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trash & treasure: the things we leave behind photographs by kim sargent-wishart

February 14 @ 10:00 am - March 11 @ 4:00 pm

trash & treasure: the things we leave behind
photographs by kim sargent-wishart

Exhibition Dates:             Wednesday 14  February – Sunday 11 March  2018

Opening Night:                 6pm-8pm, Saturday 17 February  2018

Kim Sargent-Wishart, a local artist, has very recently moved to the Bellarine Peninsula.

In October 2017, Kim  produced Currency, a screendance which was shown at Warrnambool Art Gallery during November. It was created with a group of local Warrnambool dancers spanning 6 decades in age, from teens to sixties, exploring questions of ageing and visibility in girls and women, and representing ageing as ambiguous and slippery, as movement along a current or continuum of time. The musical score was written and performed by her teenage son Jarrah.

The idea for this exhibition, Trash & Treasure, Kim’s first solo show, was developed in Warrnambool, with most of these images being taken in our local environment.

Trash & Treasure is a photographic study of things that are often overlooked, namely litter found at the beaches and parks in Warrnambool. The work grew out of Kim’s practice of Miksang contemplative photography. Miksang (Tibetan for ‘good eye’) is about discovering beauty in the everyday world by shaking up our habitual ways of seeing. By focusing on the basic elements of visual perception like colour, texture, and pattern, Miksang allows anything to become treasure, even if it’s also trash. Her eye was first drawn to trash in the grass next to the Hopkins River, and this began a new photographic obsession, noticing the things we leave behind, finding the treasure in the trash and bringing the trash back into our line of sight.

Like the ubiquitous second-hand stall at a school fair, Trash & Treasure is a reminder that value is ambiguous, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Through its subject matter, the work also questions single-use packaging, wrappers, party ribbons, and the like, that, once used, really have no place to go. The shiny wrapper that once enticed from the store shelf, the take-away cup that held that cherished hot coffee – these things remain just as shiny and intact once tossed away, and they can remain for a very long time.

In their usefulness, they were treasure for a very short time before becoming trash. By reclaiming them as a kind of treasure once more, Kim hopes to draw attention to our habits of consumption and selective awareness, as well as suggesting new ways of seeing and appreciating the ordinary world.

Kim plans to stay at The F Project Residence in the last week of her exhibition and will run several workshops related to her current work. Details to be confirmed and available shortly.



February 14 @ 10:00 am
March 11 @ 4:00 pm
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trash & treasure: the things we leave behind photographs by kim sargent-wishart

224 Timor Street, Warrnambool VIC, Australia