At PICA we recognise that we are situated within the unceded lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We pay our respects and offer our gratitude to Elders past and present, and to those emerging leaders in the community. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the importance of their care and continued connection to culture, community and Country.

Always was, always will be.

Our galleries are open today 10am–3pm. Our exhibitions are always free.

The Reckoning Showing

The Reckoning Showing

Join artists Joshua Pether, Helah Milroy and Janine Oxenham at the end of their residency for work in progress showings of their new work, The Reckoning. A decolonisation project that aims to address the intergenerational trauma of Australia’s colonial past, The Reckoning seeks to explore and honour First Nations ways of being and doing.

Morning session (Knowing and Access) | 10 am – 1pm

We begin the day as Three, Three First Nations artists and Three souls on a journey to understand-an understanding (knowing) of where the bodily trauma lies and has existed in ourselves and within our ancestral past The first peeling of this layer will involve an act of silent walking, a meditative moment that exists as a doorway to the wounds beneath.

Afternoon session (Transformation and Recapitulation) | 2pm – 5pm

The individual reckoning has begun and now we must complete the reckoning with the site, itself a place of historical trauma and geography. The knowledge of this moves us through and beyond our own personal trauma to an understanding of our body as a site. We excavate and peel back more layers and in this process we create our own pathways- a new understanding and knowing of who we are (were).