A new exhibition of contemporary photography by Tanya Houghton opens at Argentea Gallery 14 Sept - 27 October 2018.
Songlines of the Here+Now comprises of twenty two images and two rooms of installation pieces. Songlines of the Here+Now aims to explore the past and present connections Australians hold to the ancient landscape they call home.
Shot over the course of five, weeks Houghton covered a total of 10,500 km collecting scattered stories and imprinted memories strewn over the Australian landscape. By listening to the language of the landscape, Houghton gained a deeper understanding of the nations past, she compares and contrasts the two conflicting devotions to the landscape: the Indigenous sacred connection to the land and the modern Australians commercialisation of space through land tourism.
Giving no weight to any one persons, the work focuses on the mythology of the environment and is presented as a series of landscapes, still lives and natural interventions. It aims to pay homage to the Indigenous Aboriginals’ connection to the land that has been their home for thousands of years.
Born (1985) in England is a social documentary photographer based in London. Having completed an M.A in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths University, she comes from a background of sociology and constructed photography and works on a range of projects, exhibition, print and academic.
Her work examines the details within the everyday, unearthing the unexpected within the familiar, it is the desire to collect and compare them which motivates her work. She combines traditional landscape and portrait photography with conceptual still-life images created using objects from the spaces and people she works with. Her current practice focuses on themes of ecology centred around the landscape and memory. Though this she explores the tension between the Urban (man) and the Rural (nature). She is interested in learning the stories we as humans imprint onto the landscape and in return the stories those landscapes tell about us
Her work has been recognised by The British Journal of Photography – Breakthrough Award, D&AD Global Next Photographer, Organ Vida Festival, Reclaim Photography Festival and Urban Photo Festival.
“I’ve long admired Tanya’s work and am delighted to be able to exhibit Songlines of the Here and Now. While always respecting cultural sensitivities, her aim was to get a profound understanding of this cultural phenomenon. In these increasingly intolerant and sectarian times, it is vital that we aspire to a deeper inter-ethnic understanding.”