Peta Clancy (Australia 1970 – ) is a Melbourne-based artist who is a descendant of the Bangerang people from the Murray Goulburn area of south-eastern Australia. Clancy holds a Master of Arts (Media Arts), RMIT University and completed a practice based PhD at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University Faculty (2009) where she is currently a Senior Lecturer. Clancy’s practice incorporates a number of media including photography which remains her primary medium. She has exhibited widely since the early 1990s, and has a strong history of residencies.
Clancy was awarded the inaugural 2018 Fostering Koorie Art and Culture grant from the Koorie Heritage Trust to collaborate with the Dja Dja Wurrung community to create a body of work investigating massacre sites on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. The acclaimed resulting exhibition ‘Undercurrent’ at the Koorie Heritage Trust focussed on a specific massacre site submerged under water. The works for ‘Undercurrent’ were created collaboratively with community, drawing upon oral histories, with deep respect and acknowledgment of the history of trauma that the site represents.
Conceptualising processes of altering and rephotographing photographic prints as metaphors for the layering and passage of time she seeks ‘to re-construct and bring to light these hidden histories in a contemporary context,’ and in doing so, challenges the viewer to ‘focus on what may have been missed, denied or hidden’ which threatened the survival of her ancestors.
Undercurrent 2020 (detail)
pigment ink-jet print
100.0 x 150.0 cm
collection of the artist
courtesy of the artist