Image credit: Lyndal Jones, Bridge of No Return, 2008, (image from installation at Anna Schwartz Gallery), photographs mounted on aluminium, pine stands, sandbags, timber platform, audio program (digital, 10 mins), headphones. Dimensions variable. Collection of the artist.
THE BRIDGE OF NO RETURN
26 January to 24 March 2019
Gallery 1 & 2
The Bridge of No Return crosses the demarcation line between North and South Korea in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The work transposes the war history of that bridge, as told by a US soldier followed by a Korean one, onto a scene of a different ‘boundary’ in Australia.
Jones’ installation depicts a rural landscape in Avoca, Victoria, also crossed by a bridge. The work hints at the possibility of future water wars about the rivers of Australia, as already seen with the Murray-Darling basin.
Large scale photographs are spatially layered on stands, speaking to the power of sound and story to re-contextualise and elaborate place as ‘situational’ rather than geographic. The sound recording was the result of rare access to the Demilitarized Zone, assisted by Korean curator Yu Yeon Kim while exhibiting at DMZ 2005 with 40 other international