Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art


Starts10:00 am, 1 December 2018Ends 1:49 pm, 10 February 2019


Burrinja Cultural Centre

351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey

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Black Mist Burnt Country is an award-winning national touring exhibition of artworks

by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists commemorating the British atomic

tests in Australia in the 1950s and ‘60s.

After an extensive tour of nine public galleries and museums in four states and

territories since September 2016 the exhibition finally comes to Melbourne for its last

show, and back to Burrinja Culutral Centre where it originates.

Black Mist Burnt Country reveals the history of the British atomic test program at

Maralinga and examines the long-lasting impacts on people and land, as well as its

on-going legacies.

A the heart of the story is a familiar one: the dispossession, dislocation and cultural

disconnection of Aboriginal people. The artists provide some remarkable insights into

a chapter of Australian history that is little known and has had immense


“This is not only a story of the past,” says Mittmann. “It is a reminder that nuclear

weapons are still around. With the proliferation of these weapons and current

international tensions the nuclear threat is as high as it has ever been.”

The exhibition will be on display at Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey from

1 December - 10 February, daily 10 am - 4 pm except Mondays. Entry is free

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