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MGA: Curator’s talk with Matthew Jones

March 16, 2019 @ 1:15 pm - 5:00 pm


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Anouska Phizacklea, MGA Director, and Natasha Bowness, Chair, MGA Committee of Management, warmly invite you to the opening of:

Dombrovskis: journeys into the wild
A National Library of Australia exhibition


Katrin Koenning

Saturday 16 March

1.15pm Curator’s talk with Matthew Jones from the National Library of Australia

2:00pm Exhibition launch with special guest Dr Les Walkling

Refreshments to be provided by our Program Partners: Chain of Ponds wines, Gomersal Wines and Bright Brewery.

MGA presents these two exhibitions as part of the CLIMARTE Festival: ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019.




Peter Dombrovskis (1945 – 1996) was one of the world’s foremost wilderness photographers. His powerful, reflective and deeply personal images of the unique Tasmanian landscapes had a lasting impact, changing the way Australians think about their environment by making remote nature accessible through images. Some of Dombrovskis’s photographs have been instrumental in the conservation of various Tasmanian wild places including the prevention of the damming of the Franklin River.

Peter Dombrovskis was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1945 of Latvian parents. He emigrated to Australia in 1950 with his mother Adele and started taking photographs in the 1960s. He was strongly influenced by Lithuanian-Australian pioneer, conservationist and photographer Olegas Truchanas, who became a father figure to him. He was equally influenced by landscape photographers of mid-century America such as Ansel Adams, Edward and Brett Weston and Eliot Porter.

In February 2003, Peter Dombrovskis was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, now in St Louis Missouri, United States of America. Peter is the first Australian to be accorded this honour, and one of only 58 people to be inducted over the roughly 200 year history of photography.

Presenting a vast sweep of the artist’s images, Dombrovskis: Journeys into the wild was initially developed by the National Library of Australia from their comprehensive collection of Dombrovskis’s work.



Katrin Koenning’s exhibition Swell, is both beguiling and melancholy. It sits as a contemporary response to the tradition of the environmental photography of the 1970s and 80s.

Avoiding expected tropes of disaster-imagery, Koenning’s recent work offers new narratives around the environment in order to focus on what is at stake and to decipher how humans and nature impact on each other.


March 16, 2019
1:15 pm - 5:00 pm
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