Between Lines

Kim Lawler

“Beyond romance or nostalgia, Lawler’s lucid visual studies reveal the aesthetic beauty of the stories being written and rewritten onto this responsive and at times fragile environment.” Amy Barclay, curator

Art Exhibition previously on at fortyfivedownstairs in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 29 September 2009 to Saturday 10 October 2009

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Published by fortyfivedownstairs on Friday 28 August 2009.
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Between Lines comprises a series of aerial photographs taken in the Kimberley, far north Western Australia. This remote area is embedded with stories of Indigenous and non-Indigenous inhabitants, transitory visitors and scarred by multinational companies resource development. The artist, Kim Lawler, is concerned with markings, both natural and constructed, that tell stories of places, transitions and interruptions that occur within the landscape.

Between Lines is informed by Lawler’s experience of living in these regions and local perspectives on the displacement of people and their consequential relationship to the land that has taken place. It is also informed by the opposing qualities of abandon and connection that occur as the stories within these landscapes continue to unfold.

Competing demands for natural resources, and the resulting impact upon transitional landscapes, resonate with the stories of many generations of people that continue to flow through or inhabit each region. Attuned to the markings on these landscapes, it is these residual narratives Between Lines seeks to record.


45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000

Tue- Fri 11am to 5pm
Sat 12pm to 4pm

free admission