Dale Harding

Dale Harding, Ngaya boonda yinda nayi yoolgoogoo / I carry you in my heart, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Photo: Carl Warner

Dale Harding, Ngaya boonda yinda nayi yoolgoogoo / I carry you in my heart, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Photo: Carl Warner

Dale Harding (b. 1982, Moranbah, Australia) is a descendant of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples of Central Queensland and lives in Brisbane, Australia. Working in diverse techniques and traditions, including painting, installation, sculpture, domestic handicrafts, stencilling, woodcarving and silicone casting, Harding is renowned for works that explore the untold histories of his communities. He has a particular interest in ideas of cultural continuum and investigates the social and political realities experienced by his family under government control in Queensland, with a focus on matrilineal elders.

Dale Harding will create a new wall-based work at Tate Liverpool. Inspired by rock art sites in Queensland, the work will be made using a stencil technique practised by the artist’s ancestors: the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples of Central Queensland, Australia. The predominant material will be Reckitt’s Blue, a colour pigment and optical whitener with a strong symbolism. Produced in the UK, the ultramarine pigment travelled along the colonial frontier to Africa and Australia, where the artist’s mother used it in her job at a laundry. Harding has already explored the pigment's history in previous works; his new commission will add a different layer. The blue laundry detergent was used in Liverpool’s washhouses – public laundry rooms that emerged after Kitty Wilkinson founded the UK’s first in Liverpool. Telling stories of female labour in the UK and Australia, Reckitt’s Blue connects histories from different parts of the globe. Harding will also work with various objects to create the stencil forms, and present a selection of these objects together with the work on the walls.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2018); Documenta 14, Athens, Greece, and Kassel, Germany (2017); 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016); the National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia (2016); and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (2016).

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