Life in Your Hands: art from solastalgia

2012 - 2013

Solastalgia is a phenomenon recognised and identified, by Professor Glenn Albrecht, as a form of homesickness you have when you haven’t left home. It can arise from a variety of causes such as technology, ecological change, economic change, political decisions and changes to the community. People become 'disturbed' by solastalgia but because it is not sudden and traumatic, a 'problem' is not always recognised or treated.

This touring exhibition project looked at the causes and effects of solastalgia, and the potential for contemporary visual art, craft and design practice to contribute to debate and healing.

Artists from across Australia were asked to consult and work with communities suffering from solastalgia to create works specifically for the exhibition.

A gallery project curated by Robyn Daw and toured by Museums and Galleries NSW with support from the Contemporary Touring Initiative.

Melinda Young Arborescence (detail) 2012, found wood, artificial plant foliage, oxidised 925 silver, ruby, garnet carnelian, jasper, labradorite, aventurine, jade, smoky quartz, tourmaline, opal, stone, glass, paint, waxed linen thread © the artist

Artwork: Arborescence (detail) 2012 by Melinda Young

Tour Dates

Photo: Life in Yours Hands installation
30 March – 13 May 2012
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
New South Wales
1 June – 29 July 2012
Horsham Regional Art Gallery
6 October – 28 October 2012
Signal Point Gallery
South Australia
17 November – 22 December 2012
Object: Australian Centre for Design
New South Wales
28 March – 11 May 2013
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Australian Capital Territory
1 June – 27 July 2013
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum
9 August – 6 October 2013
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Public Programs

Photo: Members of the project team speaking during the opening event

To reinforce the collaborative and consultative nature of the project, we supported public programs in each venue. Artists and members of the project team participated in forums or practical workshops.

Catalogue Essays

Photo: Life in Your Hands installation featuring work by Jeff Mincham

The catalogue essays outline the collaborative process of the project as well as the background and meaning of solastalgia.