Toponomy and places names are an important aspectof culture and identity as they provide a location where history, events, landscapes and people remembered, celebrated and most importantly continued. Toponyms are always indicative of the dominant culture. These works seek to challenge construct of time, place and social fabric that was formulated with the arrival of European settlers. The result manifests in a dual history and quest to decolonise our surrounding environments.
Megan Cope has exhibited nationally and overseas including in the ARC Biennial in Brisbane, the Koori Heritage Trust in Melbourne, and Wellington City Gallery in New Zealand. Her work was also recently exhibited in ‘Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscapes’ (2012) at the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, USA, curated by Alex Taylor (Terra Foundation of American Art Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum). In 2008, Cope was highly recommended for the Gold Coast Indigenous Art and Design Award. She has also been selected as a finalist for the Clayton Utz Travelling Scholarship (2009), Sunshine Coast Art prize (2009), and the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize (2011). Cope is a recent member of the Brisbane based Indigenous Art Collective ProppaNOW.
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Image: Megan Cope Toponymic Interventions #2 Kulin Nations (still) 2013. Courtesy the artist.
This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments.
Megan Cope Toponymic Interventions #2 Kulin Nations, installation view, 2013.