Rod Moss: Whitegate - Where Life and Art Meet

Renowned Alice Springs artist and award-winning author Rod Moss presents an intimate portrait of the Aboriginal families of Whitegate, a desolate town camp on the outskirts of Alice Springs.

Art Exhibition previously on at Burrinja Gallery in Other Metro Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 28 March 2014 to Sunday 22 June 2014

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Rod Moss has been a resident of Alice Springs for three decades. During this time he has formed an unusually strong and personal relationship with the Arrente families of Whitegate. His paintings are carefully constructed and referenced portrayals of everyday life situations in and around the town camp.

Whitegate – Where Life and Art Meet brings together Rod Moss’ paintings and the stories behind the works in form of audio recordings. These create an intriguing and intimate portrait of the Whitegate community and its members, many of whom have since passed away as a result of health issues, alcoholism and violence.

For many years Rod Moss has been a witness of the on-going struggle in the camp. The camp is currently facing closure and its residents, the traditional owners, are under threat of eviction by the NT Government.

In the award-winning book The Hard Light of Day, which won the Northern Territory Book Award and the Prime Minister’s Award for Non-fiction in 2011, Rod Moss has documented his personal experiences. A sequel, A Thousand Cuts (also published by University of Queensland Press) was released last year.

Rod Moss has been successfully exhibiting since 1978. His work is in public and private collections across Australia. He is represented by Anna Pappas Gallery in Melbourne and Fireworks Gallery in Brisbane. The exhibition at Burrinja Gallery will feature paintings from the last 20 years.