Jo Chew at Lady Franklin Gallery


3 – 25 June 2023

Despard Gallery is pleased to share an upcoming exhibiting featuring Jo Chew alongside Amber Koroluck-Stephenson at the Lady Franklin Gallery.

Curated by Eliza Burke and Maria Kunda, ‘figment’ is a site-responsive exhibition engaging with archival materials and the neo-classical architecture of the Lady Franklin Gallery. Chew and Koroluk-Stephenson explore the entangled stories of Lady Jane and Sir John Franklin, interweaving themes of dislocation, grief and stasis that persist at the gallery, a curious example of lutruwita/Tasmania’s colonial design sited at Ancanthe Park. Through an assemblage of paintings, collage, sculptures and speculative fictions, the two artists unpick mythologised aspects of the Franklin history and consider elements of folly and delusion in the Franklins’ aspirations. ‘figment’ offers an opportunity to consider the shadow meanings of colonial presence in the landscape. 

Lady Franklin Gallery, 268 Lenah Valley Rd, Lenah Valley TAS 7008

Gallery hours: Saturday + Sunday 11am – 4pm

Opening Event: Saturday 3 June, 11am

Artists/Curators Floor Talk: Saturday 10 Jun 10, 12pm – 1pm.

Jo Chew