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.

We are closed today. Our exhibitions are always free.

Jen Jamieson, Mish Grigor

We Will Build Our Own Mountain

We Will Build Our Own Mountain

We Will Build Our Own Mountain
Two women stand impassively on a large mountain of ice as it slowly melts beneath them … BRINKMANSHIP will build a mountain out of ice blocks in the centre of Perth. Once they have built their mountain, they will climb it, and wait. They invite you to wait with them for the ice to melt.
We Will Build Our Own Mountain plays with the nation-building stories that set man against nature in order to find a new future. In the tradition of long-gone heroes and great expeditions, BRINKMANSHIP are calling for heroes to help us further understand how we can exist in the world today, in how we can tackle the ‘new frontiers’ of fast environmental change. The project asks: what do these new frontiers demand from us? Who are the heroes of this new frontier? Could they be us? What are we going to do, if the world is ending? And can anyone save us?
In their ongoing search for heroes, BRINKMANSHIP has learned that they are mostly found in rugged terrain, on un-scaled mountains, or deep in the jungle. However, they don’t have time to get to those places at the moment, so they have decided to build their own unchartered landscape, in the hope that some heroes will come to them.
BRINKMANSHIP are interested in heroes, heroism, and heroic acts, and in using one of these to examine another. They set out to change the world, one square metre at a time.